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ISBN-13: 978-1598635362 ISBN-10: 1598635360 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: For Teens (Course Technology)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (June 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598635360
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598635362
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Introduction Part I Scratch Basics Chapter 1 Introducing Scratch Chapter 2 Getting Comfortable with the Scratch Development Environment Chapter 3 A Review of the Basic Components of Scratch Projects Chapter 4 Making the Kitty Dance - A Quick Scratch Project Part II Learning How to Write Scratch Programs Chapter 5 Moving Things Around Chapter 6 Sensing Sprite Position and Controlling Environmental Settings Chapter 7 Storing and Retrieving Data Chapter 8 Doing a Little Math Chapter 9 Conditional and Repetitive logic Chapter 10 Changing the Way Sprites Look and Behave Chapter 11 Spicing things Up with Sounds Chapter 12 Drawing Lines and Shapes

About the Author

Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and IT professional with more than 25 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He is the author of 39 books and the coauthor of two additional books. Jerry has a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, and has more than five years of experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in information technology.

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Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 18 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He is the author of 23 other books and co-author of two additional books. His published works include AppleScript Studio Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Microsoft Windows PowerShell Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Visual Basic 2005 Express Programming for the Absolute Beginner, VBScript Professional Projects, Microsoft Windows Shell Scripting and WSH Administrator's Guide, Microsoft Windows Shell Scripting for the Absolute Beginner, Learn JavaScript in a Weekend, and Microsoft Windows XP Professional Administrator's Guide.

Ford has a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and has over five years of experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in information technology.

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Good for the novice / intermediate user.
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Does a great job of introducing all of the basic commands and ideas that Scratch has to offer.
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I enjoyed reading this book because it helps me to understand further.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steven Kessler on January 30, 2009
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If you are interested in Scratch, an MIT open source multimedia authoring product designed for youth. This book covers the basics and works its way through some of the tougher parts of Scratch. I enjoyed reading the book as a teacher and sharing it with my students.

Steve Kessler
Denver DataMan
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By therealcheesecake on June 10, 2012
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I want to start off by saying that I appreciate the author's efforts to introduce Scratch to kids. He does a great job of thoroughly going through the Scratch programming environment and talking about all the nuances it contains. It's a great book for anyone who wants to give the most basic introduction to Scratch. I am a teacher myself, and this book contains many of the concepts that I introduce to my students in the first two days of learning.

What I don't like about this book is that it over-emphasizes the animation side of Scratch, while brushing over or entirely omitting all the programming concepts that Scratch introduces. Scratch offers young students the opportunity to make complicated games and applications quickly and easily. For instructors, there are so many opportunities to introduce students to industry-level ideas in programming. However, the book tends toward programming concepts that offer immediate visual response to students, while ignoring many of the applications of more complicated features, like message passing and variables.

Overall, I think that this book is definitely not "for teens", as it targets a much younger age group. The applications from the book target students through immediate visual stimulation, while older students benefit from a more methodical and thorough approach to teaching Scratch that highlights the importance of variables, message passing, and program clarity. While I appreciate the author's efforts to be a definitive guide for introducing Scratch, I believe there are much better resources available for teaching programming. I especially recommend BYOB (Build Your Own Blocks), found at byob.berkeley.edu, which extends Scratch to allow functional programming and custom block creation. They also include a thorough manual that highlights all the important concepts that a programmer should understand.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Bailey on January 8, 2012
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I was extremely excited when I found this book on amazon because I have enjoyed using scratch for projects in the past. I am in 6th grade and am an 11 year old girl. This book is surprisingly easy to understand and has many fun applications to create. I have already made a few, including a drawing and a quiz app. I recommend this book for anybody over ten years old, or who can understand the program quite well. At the beginning of the book, it goes over the VERY basics to learning the program, and what blocks do what. If you think you can't learn code just yet, this book is perfect for you. It's fun to draw characters and stages for your game/application, and the author does a really good job with explaining each little detail of the script. Scratch is a very easy but fun program for beginning scratchers. I would also check out the scratch website and you will find lots of examples and galleries about the program.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle on December 5, 2012
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Our 9 year old son was thrilled to get this book but was disappointed when he began to read it and discovered it was written several years ago for a prior 1.2.1 version of Scratch. The most current version of Scratch is 1.4 and there are some significant differences in the versions. I don't know how difficult it will be for our son to use the current 1.4 software with a book with old programming examples, but it's disappointing that the book doesn't sync with software that was released more than 3 years ago.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Salman Qureshi on December 3, 2010
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The book is just what I required. It has a thorough discussion of the theory behind how the various aspects of Scratch work but more importantly has plenty of practical examples that actually show Scratch at work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wonky Monkey on February 20, 2013
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Had I been more on the ball, I would have returned this book, it is really bad. The first and most glaring fault of this book is that it is printed in black and white. This is absurd given how important colors are to Scratch for understanding what palette certain blocks come from. It also makes comparing on-screen code to sample code extremely difficult and slow. Terrible, horrible decision to go cheap on the printing. Also, Jr. Jerry Lee Ford is not a computer scientist nor a professional programmer, rather he's more of an IT guy (nothing wrong with being an IT guy), and a serial book writer. 90 % of his titles are "... for the absolute beginner" thus indicating his lack of depth in any language other than maybe VB.
The book is a very superficial exploration of the most basic of topics in scratch, more like he quickly reviewed the user's guide and found a quick sample to make a chapter out of as he chanced upon the topics. Clearly this man has little to no experience using Scratch, that is clear from his book. There is no more depth to this book than the user's guide and there's much better material on the web.
A much more fun book is Super Scratch Programming Adventure!: Learn to Program By Making Cool Games. A very CS deep way to learn scratch is using the BJC course available at the berkeley dot edu website, that comes with video tutorials and other materials. Also, instead of scratch, one should use BYOB/Snap!, which is a superset/extension of scratch, the Programming Adventure book is still relevant and useful with BYOB.
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