If you’re a fan of Lego Mindstorms, you probably have the new EV3 on your Christmas wish list. That’s assuming you didn’t buy one already. I haven’t. I have the Lego Mindstorms NXT and NXT 2.0, but not the EV3. Anyway, if you have the EV3 or if you’re going to get one, you should get the new EV3 book. It’s called The Art of Lego Mindstorms EV3 Programming. The book, which was written by software engineer Terry Griffin, offers a beginner-friendly, in-depth guide to the EV3 language. The Art of Lego Mindstorms EV3 Programming (No Starch Press) is available now for $24.99 from Amazon.
If you’re looking for a holiday gift for a LEGO lover, then you should consider the Beautiful LEGO book by Mike Doyle. It’s an awesome book that will be a great addition to your coffee table. Beautiful LEGO is filled with great LEGO ideas that will impress and inspire artists, builders, and fans of all ages. The book also includes information about the builders behind the beautiful Lego art. While the book is filled with stunning Lego creations, it’s not a how-to book. This is something to keep in mind if you’re actually looking for a how-to book. Beautiful LEGO (No Starch Press) is available now for $18.94 on Amazon.
No Starch Press recently sent me their latest Lego book. The title of the book is The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles. My Lego-loving son and I love this book. The LEGO Build-It Book features step-by-step instructions on how to build ten different vehicles. The 136-page paperback is available now for $19.95. However, you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $14.46. The LEGO Build-It Book, Vol. 1: Amazing Vehicles was written by Nathanäel Kuipers and Mattia Zamboni.
No Starch Press sent me their latest book for review on my geek dad blog. It’s called Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects. Arduino is an easy-to-use, but powerful prototyping board. The book explains how to use the Arduino system to create fun applications like LED displays, responsive robots and Twitter-enabled appliances. Arduino Workshop was written by John Boxall. The book is available now with a list price of $29.95. However, you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $20.24.
No Starch Press sent me their Python for Kids book to review on my geek dad blog. I think it’s part of their plan to turn all kids into geeks. Python For Kids, written by Jason R. Briggs, is an introductory book about the Python computer programming language. The book features fun examples, colorful illustrations, and kid friendly explanation. The book is intended for children aged 10 and up. However, it’s also suitable for adults who want to learn how to program with Python. For instance, I don’t know the language and I can see myself using this book if I wanted to get started on Python. Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming is available now with a list price of $34.95. You can currently purchase it on Amazon for $18.52.
No Starch Press sent me three LEGO books for review on my geek dad blog. The titles of the books are:
- The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!
- The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide
- The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide
My son and I think the LEGO books are awesome. In my opinion, the books are excellent holiday gifts for the LEGO geeks in your family.
No Starch Press sent me a copy of their Super Scratch Programming Adventure! book for review on my geek dad blog. It’s a book about the Scratch educational programming language. Scratch, which is a graphical programming language developed by MIT’s Media Lab, helps children create interactive games, stories, music, and art by combining blocks of code. It’s a great learning language because kids don’t have to deal with the cryptic syntaxes found in most programming languages. The programming language is used by millions of first-time programmers worldwide.