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A book to teach ANYBODY how to program a computer.

The original vision for this book was to create a hands-on introduction of computer programming for Middle School and High School students. It has been written without much of the jargon and complexity of many programming books and will be suitable for anybody 10+ who wants to learn to program and is ready to experiment.

Programming a computer is considered by many to be a task that is beyond a typical middle grades learner. I personally know this is not so because, I learned to program my TRS-80 home computer during those years of my life. Programming was different: simpler in that we didn't need to worry about hard disks, color, or graphics; and harder for the same reasons.

This book attempts to engage through programming media (sound, color, shapes, and text to speech) and then working in the typical concepts of programming (loops, conditions, variables...) to make animations, games, and fun applications. Full source code to example programs are given so that experimentation can really hone the skills learned.

The Second Edition has been updated through version of BASIC-256 and includes functions, subroutines, printing, and many other new features.

James M. Reneau Ph.D.-

Wednesday, May 05, 2010, 19:59

Major re-formatting and drafting complete.

Reformatted the document to print on 8x10 inch paper with a gutter for easier binding.

Finished appendices B, C, D, and J and worked on little bits of grammar.

Monday, May 03, 2010, 10:33

Changed License to Share Alike

Uploaded a new version of the book and changed the license to a less restrictive (CC-BY-NC-SA) license.

Saturday, May 01, 2010, 22:38

Packaged complete book as one PDF

Repackaged book as a single PDF, updated examples, edited grammar, added detail Table of Contents, and cleaned up quite a bit.


Thursday, April 22, 2010, 20:57

Deleted chapter 15 and moved to chapter 12, Uploaded 14

New chapter 12 with trig functions uploaded. Chapter 14 added.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 13:21

More updates.

Updated many chapters - added 12,13,A,B,C,and D.

Friday, April 16, 2010, 16:07

Updates and new chapter

Updated Chapters 2-10 and added Chapter 11's first draft.

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