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RobMikeMom 12-26-2008 02:25 AM

Which book for my 10 yo?
If I were going to actually buy a book on Alice for my 10 yo (in addition to doing the lessons on Dick Baldwin's web site), which book do you think would be the best one for me to buy? So far, I have been leaning toward Joel Adams' book [I]Alice in Action: Computing Through Animation[/I]. Which book on (or other site) would be most usable for a young boy, and still learn good practices for programming?


DrJim 12-26-2008 11:23 AM

Personally I like the Herbert book the best - and the one by Dunn, et al is certainly the standard text. The Adams book may be a bit advanced for a 10 year old - plus, IMO, sufferes from having to deal with Alice 2.0 which really doesn't match up too well with pure Jave.

Lance A has also posted some recommendations which are worth checking, since he (unlike myself) is actively teaching the subject.

The last I checked, the used book prices on were very reasonable for all the texts. :) I certainly wouldn't invest in a new text with Alice 3.0 hopefully coming next year.

RobMikeMom 12-26-2008 04:40 PM

Thanks, I'll take a look at the Herbert book.

Do you think that the Dunn, et al, standard textbook will be updated when 3.0 is released?

DrJim 12-27-2008 07:22 AM

[QUOTE=RobMikeMom;8135]Do you think that the Dunn, et al, standard textbook will be updated when 3.0 is released?[/QUOTE]

I suspect an Alice 3.0 book from the CMU team is pretty close to release and just waiting for the code, though I don't know who will be included as author.

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