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Alice in Action: Computing Through Animation (Introduction to Programming) Paperback – August 10, 2006

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ISBN-13: 978-1418837716 ISBN-10: 1418837717 Edition: 1st

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1. Getting Started With Alice 2. Methods 3. Variables and Functions 4. Flow Control 5. Lists and Arrays 6. Events Appendices: A. Alice Standard Methods and Functions B. Recursion

About the Author

Joel Adams, a Professor of Computer Science at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has taught undergraduate computer science since 1984. He spends each July directing the Imaginary Worlds Camp, an animation camp for middle and high school students. Professor Adams is an ACM Distinguished Educator and a two-time Fulbright Scholar; he spent the Fall 2005 semester at Carnegie Mellon as a member of the Alice team.
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Product Details

  • Series: Introduction to Programming
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (August 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1418837717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1418837716
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M. Caelius on July 9, 2008
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I am an attorney/geek that has toyed on and off with various programming languages for a number of years. However, there were always certain concepts that eluded me. Prof Adams book, combined with the free software generously provided by Carnegie Mellon (just google Alice and Programming to download), really "opened the window" for me!

The combination of copying and pasting code (thus eliminating typo errors)and then "seeing" the results of ones efforts via an animated graphic, is a really good idea! The overarching metaphor is that object oriented programming is similar to producing a modern movie, you've got to work through the book to really get it, but imho it works! And usually drives home the all important underlying programming concept/s. It keeps one engaged! The graphics (though apparently designed for middle school students work well), and are not overly "cheesey" when viewed by adult eyes (if you have a bit of imagination (-:

Prof Adams prose is relaxed, and fun (which helps when learning). The book is very well organized beginning with object oriented program design, moving through functions, methods, properties, etc, and ending with an appendix chapter on Recursion. Copyright is 2007, so this book is very relevant.

There are other books out there written to be used with this program, but I'm glad I found this one, and highly recommend it to anyone interested in really "getting" the all important elementary concepts of OOP (object oriented programming).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Angeles on January 1, 2010
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Bought this as instructed by my Computer Science professor. I had no programming experience what so ever. Alice and this book was great in helping me into the programing world. Great buy.
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Required for computer science class as part of my school's education degree program, and it helped teach us how to liven up presentation for our future students.

I will be teaching math and science in elementary and middle school, so I think this will come in handy... and the software itself is freeware available from the Alice Project website at alice.org. I am not a techie by any stretch of the imagination, but had fun creating all the beginner stuff like animals, people and planets.

Would recommend to anyone wanting to spice up their presentations while learning something new.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jess C on July 8, 2014
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Part of the stupidest class I ever had to take. I get that some people (young children, mainly) need to learn object orientation through visual formats. I am a visual spatial person. But, this was lame. I could be annoyed because I was bored with having to take a class on a topic I already knew about. It felt pedagogical. I'm not a fan.
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By Lei Xue on October 16, 2014
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DENVER on January 23, 2013
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I purchased an item a long time ago. And still haven't received it. I asked for cancelation. No response. Never buy from this person. You will never get your package. Or refund
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