codeWhen I was a kid I learned some basic computer programing, back in the day when the programing language was actually called Basic. I had a knack for it and wrote some short programs that helped me catalog my record collection and show cool designs on the screen. I sometime wish I kept up with it, at least to the point where I moved on to other languages. Anyway, I think I would like to learn to code something new and the best way to learn is to use the same training that kids would use, like the book Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock.

About Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock: “Did you know that Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft, wrote his first computer program—a tic-tac-toe game—at age 13? Coding Games in Scratch shows how kids can start coding their own games, too, using Scratch, a popular free programming language. With Coding Games in Scratch, kids can build single and multiplayer platform games, create puzzles and memory games, race through mazes, add animation, and more. Essential coding concepts are explained using eight build-along game projects that guide young coders step-by-step, using visual samples, easy-to-follow instructions, and fun pixel art. Written for children ages 8–12 with little to no coding experience, Coding Games in Scratch teaches important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas, all while creating games to play with their friends.”

Sure this book is designed for kids, but it is also a good start for anyone (like me) who is starting from scratch.

Coding Games in Scratch by Jon Woodcock is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.