Book Review – JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

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JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Nick Morgan

No Starch Press sent me their new JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming book for review on my dad blog. As you can tell by the title, the book is intended for kids. However, in my opinion, the book is a useful book for beginner programmers of all ages. JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming (by Nick Morgan) is available now. It has a list price of $34.95, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $25.59.

I’ve read the first few chapters and I found the material easy to follow. I do write Javascript code from time to time, but I have no formal training in the language. It’s one of those things that I’ve learned as I go. Now that I have this book, I intended on skimming through it and learn the scripting language the right way.

In addition to the content being easy to understand, I like the sample code and explanation included in the 336-page book. Another aspect of the book I like are the programming challenges at the end of some chapters.

My son has not read the book yet. He loves to read, but he’s not a geek. However, I do plan on encouraging him to read this intro book. Who knows, he might be a programmer someday!

JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming Chapters

  • Chapter 1
    What Is JavaScript?
  • Chapter 2
    Data Types and Variables
  • Chapter 3
    Arrays
  • Chapter 4
    Objects
  • Chapter 5
    The Basics of HTML
  • Chapter 6
    Conditionals and Loops
  • Chapter 7
    Creating a Hangman Game
  • Chapter 8
    Functions
  • Chapter 9
    The DOM and jQuery
  • Chapter 10
    Interactive Programming
  • Chapter 11
    Find the Buried Treasure!
  • Chapter 12
    Object-Oriented Programming
  • Chapter 13
    The Canvas Element
  • Chapter 14
    Making Things Move on the Canvas
  • Chapter 15
    Controlling Animations with the Keyboard
  • Chapter 16
    Making a Snake Game: Part 1
  • Chapter 17
    Making a Snake Game: Part 2

About Nick Morgan

Nick Morgan is a frontend engineer at Twitter. He loves all programming languages but has a particular soft spot for JavaScript. Morgan lives in San Francisco (the foggy part) with his fiancée and their fluffy dog, Pancake.

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