JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

by Nick Morgan

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Overview

JavaScript is the programming language of the Internet, the secret sauce that makes the Web awesome, your favorite sites interactive, and online games fun!

JavaScript for Kids is a lighthearted introduction that teaches programming essentials through patient, step-by-step examples paired with funny illustrations. You’ll begin with the basics, like working with strings, arrays, and loops, and then move on to more advanced topics, like building interactivity with jQuery and drawing graphics with Canvas.

Along the way, you’ll write games such as Find the Buried Treasure, Hangman, and Snake. You’ll also learn how to:
–Create functions to organize and reuse your code
–Write and modify HTML to create dynamic web pages
–Use the DOM and jQuery to make your web pages react to user input
–Use the Canvas element to draw and animate graphics
–Program real user-controlled games with collision detection and score keeping

With visual examples like bouncing balls, animated bees, and racing cars, you can really see what you’re programming. Each chapter builds on the last, and programming challenges at the end of each chapter will stretch your brain and inspire your own amazing programs. Make something cool with JavaScript today!

Ages 10+ (and their parents!)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593274085
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication date: 12/12/2014
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 235,438
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 10 - 16 Years

About the Author

Nick Morgan is a British front-end engineer at Twitter. He loves all programming languages but has a particular soft spot for JavaScript. Nick lives in San Francisco (the foggy part) with his girlfriend and their fluffy dog, Pancake. He occasionally blogs at skilldrick.co.uk.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Fundamentals
Chapter 1: What Is JavaScript?
Chapter 2: Data Types and Variables
Chapter 3: Arrays
Chapter 4: Objects
Chapter 5: The Basics of HTML
Chapter 6: Conditionals and Loops
Chapter 7: Creating a Hangman Game
Chapter 8: Functions
Part II: Advanced JavaScript
Chapter 9: The DOM and jQuery
Chapter 10: Interactive Programming
Chapter 11: Find the Buried Treasure!
Chapter 12: Object-Oriented Programming
Part III: Canvas
Chapter 13: The canvas Element
Chapter 14: Making Things Move on the Canvas
Chapter 15: Controlling Animations with the Keyboard
Chapter 16: Making a Snake Game: Part 1
Chapter 17: Making a Snake Game: Part 2
Afterword: Where to Go from Here
Glossary
Index

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JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
JavaScript is the programming language of the internet.  This fantastic book presents a lighthearted approach to the subject (which many people, including me, know very little about) and teaches programming basics through patient, step-by-step examples highlighted by fun illustrations.  It starts with the basics, like working strings and loops and works its way to more complex topics like building interactivity with jQuery (which I had never even heard of before, but do now) and drawing graphics with Canvas.  You will discover how to write games like "Find Buried Treasure", "Hangman", and "Snake."  Can you imagine writing your own game?  How fun would that be? You will learn how to: * Create functions to organize and reuse your code *Write and modify HTML to create dynamic web pages *Use the DOM and jQuery to make web pages react to user input (because the computer does not have a brain of its own and can only respond to a human's instructions) *Use the Canvas element to draw and animate graphics (which is perfect for me because I always wanted to be Walt Disney's daughter but now can be Walt Disney himself) *Programme real user-controlled games with collision detection and score keeping Fun visual examples like bouncing balls, buzzing bees, and racing cars allow you to see what you are programming. Each chapter is cumulative and builds on the next.  There is plenty in this exciting book to learn and experiment with.  JavaScript for Kids is both educational and awe-inspiring.  Go ahead.  Play with the JavaScript, spirit of the Internet, ... Creativity and fun is calling you! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounds like an interesting book......