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- Lexile measure : 970L
- Item Weight : 1.65 pounds
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1593276702
- ISBN-13 : 978-1593276706
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.97 x 9.25 inches
- Reading level : 10 and up
- Publisher : No Starch Press; 1st edition (December 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
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It’s true as other reviewers have said that setting up the programming environment is tricky. I found that the best and easiest is to install PyCharm Edu and the raspberryjam mod for Minecraft Forge. Then you don’t need to run the Spigot Minecraft server. You do development inside the mcpipy directory in your .minecraft directory, which avoids the need to install the out-of date py3minepi package (Python 3 Minecraft pi edition API)
I'm a professional software developer with a 7-year-old son who said he wanted to try coding. While the content is clear and easy to understand, I still think he's too young for this book. He quickly lost interest and kept pointing out how he could accomplish the same things using command blocks etc. inside Minecraft.
At the time of writing this, Minecraft 1.12 was the latest version, and what I used. I used a Windows PC.
Note: My 9 yr old is very advanced and is used to programming in Scratch as well as general troubleshooting of computers/software/mechanics. I would say this is appropriate for anyone 9 and older with a little parent help, and 12 and older without help.
This requires you purchase Minecraft from the Mohjang website for your child (Do not purchase the Windows 10 version of Minecraft since that cannot be used for modding at this time).
Step 1: Open Minecraft
Step 2: Change your Profile (this is in the bottom left corner of the screen). Click on Edit Profile.
Step 3: Change Profile Name to "Spigot 1.9.2" or "Spigot - Python 1.9.2" (You decide what name you want, I always put the game version in the name. It is easier for me to keep track with which version I am having to playing with)
Step 4: Under "Version Selection" click the box that says "Allow use of old "Alpha" Minecraft Versions"
(a box will pop up, click "yes")
Step 5: Now select the "release 1.9.2" (You need this release because the Spigot version is for 1.9.2. This applies to any server you use.)
Step 6: Save Profile
Step 7: You will select this Profile you created every time you want to play on this server.
If you are not sure if which version of Minecraft spigot is running on, run your Spigot server. Now on the server screen, scroll up all the way to the top and one of the top few lines should read "Starting Minecraft server version +++++." This is how you find which version of Minecraft you need to set your profile for.
I hope this helps.
Other than that, I was able to install all the Mac Tools and get everything working on the first try. There are complaints here about the included Spigot Minecraft server not being compatible with the latest Minecraft release, but there's no way that the author can keep up with the release schedule of Mojang. Simply choose to run the Minecraft version (in the Minecraft Launcher) that matches the latest Spigot server that you are running.