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.
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 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.