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Very well written, and it's free!

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Free ebook
by Yakov Fain

Java programming for kids, parents, and grandparents


· This e-book is written for kids from 11 to 80 years old and for school computer teachers.
· This e-book is great for parents who want to get their child into the world of computer programming - the real one, not the reader-rabbit-kind-of-world.
· This e-book is for college students who are looking for a supplement to overcomplicated textbooks.

Book in English
This pdf has 211 pages. We did the first three chapters, and they were very good.

Book in French

Download the code examples from the book

Here are the first 3 chapters.
Chapter 1: Install java; create "Hello world" program (22 pages long)
Chapter 2: Install eclipse (Java IDE for writing code and debugging)
Chapter 3: Classes, methods, and attributes; variables

The chapter on using eclipse is very helpful. It is a good introduction to using an IDE (integrated developers' environment) instead of a plain text editor. Having it catch your syntax errors and tell you how to correct them is enormously helpful. A plain text editor can indicate that you forgot a closing parenthesis, but it wouldn't show you exactly where to put it.

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So far I've only seen instructions for installation on Windows.

The author Yakov Fain is a respected Java author.

Here are our notes on this book as we work through it

We've stopped working through this book. The simple graphics does not engage our child testers, who would much rather do Scratch or Alice or Greenfoot.


Rating (1 to 100) 75 = very good; 50 = good; 1 = unknown

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Authored by supportkidslike on Aug 20, 2008.