Ruby Wizardry: An Introduction to Programming for Kids (Paperback)

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This interactive fantasy story allows readers to follow along two young wizards in a kingdom where everything is going crazy! The protagonists must use the Ruby programming language to fix the kingdom's code as they get closer and closer to solving the mystery of what--or who--is behind the trouble! The story is written to encourage young readers to code alongside the heroes, learning how to fix the programming with them. The chapters of the adventures are just stand-alone enough that they offer good stopping places without interrupting the flow of the story.

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The Ruby programming language is perfect for beginners: easy to learn, powerful, and fun to use But wouldn't it be more fun if you were learning with the help of some wizards and dragons?

Ruby Wizardry is a playful, illustrated tale that will teach you how to program in Ruby by taking you on a fantastical journey. As you follow the adventures of young heroes Ruben and Scarlet, you'll learn real programming skills, like how to:
-Use fundamental concepts like variables, symbols, arrays, and strings
-Work with Ruby hashes to create a programmable breakfast menu
-Control program flow with loops and conditionals to help the Royal Plumber
-Test your wild and crazy ideas in IRB and save your programs as scripts
-Create a class of mini-wizards, each with their own superpower
-Organize and reuse your code with methods and lists
-Write your own amazing interactive stories using Ruby

Along the way, you'll meet colorful characters from around the kingdom, like the hacker Queen, the Off-White Knight, and Wherefore the minstrel. Ruby Wizardry will have you (or your little wizard) hooked on programming in no time.

For ages 10+ (and their parents )

About the Author

Eric Weinstein has helped millions of people learn to program through Codecademy, where he designed and authored the Ruby curriculum and contributed courses on Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and PHP. He has also taught creative writing to undergraduates and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at NYU, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow. He writes Ruby for a living in New York City.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781593275662
ISBN-10: 1593275668
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication Date: December 18th, 2014
Pages: 352
Language: English