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#1 of 3 Old 01-27-2005, 05:26 PM - Thread Starter
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I need some serious help on finding good materials for my DC to learn computer programming... this is something I know nothing about. What do you do? Learn from a book? Is there software that teaches this? I have no idea where to start so am just sort of laying it out here:

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How old are your kids? For what purposes do they want to learn programming?

The approach you'll take with a 7yo who wants to make his own robot someday is going to be very different from that you'll take with a 12yo who aspires to a career in the video-game industry and different again from that you'll take with a 17yo who wants to be an electrical engineer.

With the former, freeware like MSWLogo and the "Great Logo Adventure" guidebook might be perfect. For the second kid a programming environment like DarkBasic would probably make more sense as it's (I'm told) ideally suited to computer-game programming for tech-savvy teens. For a university-bound kid, a tried-and-true object-oriented programming language like C++ would probably make the most sense.

I'm no expert in programming education -- this is just some advice I've harvested or tinkered about with over the years. You'd probably get better advice with some more specific details about your needs.


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thanks moominmama the logo thing was exactly what we needed.

if anyone else wants to try the logo adventure go to:

I got it working on XP no problem, don't forget to download the book too.

what a great resource!!!
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