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Preface to a collection of modules designed to help beginners of all ages learn how to create the code for computer programs. Information is provided not only for the beginners themselves but also for their parents and teachers where appropriate.

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This module is one in a collection of modules designed to help beginners of all ages (8 and up) learn how to create the code for computer programs. Information is provided not only for the beginnersthemselves but also for parents, teachers, and other helpers where appropriate.

The purpose of this module is simply to introduce the collection.

Background information

In the year 2013, everything from parking meters to cell phones to Mars landing vehicles are controlled by computer code. That code is written byhumans.

Bill Gates , Mark Zuckerberg , Mitch Resnick , and many other respected individuals are telling us that "Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer... because it teaches you how to think."

If you search the web, you will find a maze of web pages containing information forteaching beginners how to create program code. This collection will attempt to pull much of that information together and to provide explanations that will make it easier forbeginners to navigate that maze and to get involved in computer programming.

As mentioned earlier, the information in this collection is intended not only for the beginnersthemselves, but also for the parents, teachers, and other helpers of those beginners where appropriate.


Many paths are available

There are many paths that a beginner can take and many tools that a beginner can use in learning to write computercode -- some good and some not so good. Here is a non-exhaustive list of tools and resources (in no particular order) that I have collected from the web :

  1. Scratch
  2. Codecademy
  3. Udacity - Introduction to Computer Science
  4. Alice
  5. CodeHS
  6. Kodu
  7. Python
  8. Pygame
  9. CS1graphics.org
  10. Sugar on a Stick
  11. Lua
  12. OpenSim
  13. Spritely
  14. Edubuntu
  15. App Inventor
  16. Lego Mindstorms
  17. Greenfoot
  18. BlueJ
  19. Java
  20. Play-i
  21. Marshall Brain: Teaching your kids how to write computer programs
  22. Code.org
  23. Treehouse
  24. W3schools.com
  25. TurtleAcademy
  26. StackOverflow
  27. Programr
  28. Mozilla Thimble
  29. MIT Open Courseware
  30. LearnStreet
  31. LCodeTHW
  32. KidsRuby
  33. JSDares
  34. HTML5 Rocks
  35. Hackety Hack
  36. Tynker
  37. Stencyl
  38. Microsoft Small Basic
  39. Snap! (Build Your Own Blocks)
  40. Blockly
  41. Kodable
  42. Hopscotch
  43. Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) with Java

Questions & Answers

what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
yes that's correct
I think
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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Source:  OpenStax, Teaching beginners to code. OpenStax CNX. May 27, 2013 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11498/1.20
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