by Craig Richardson
December 2015, 320 pp.
“Learn to Program With Minecraft is 297 pages brimming with potential. It’s an excellent guide for Minecraft players wanting to expand their capabilities in the game and with programming. Highly recommended."
About the Author
Craig Richardson is a software developer and Python educator. He has worked for the Raspberry Pi Foundation, taught high school computing classes, and led many workshops on Python programming with Minecraft.
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"As educators, you know that kids love playing Minecraft. This book makes it easy for you and your middle and high school students to learn how to program in Python through very engaging Minecraft projects."
"Of all the diverse No Starch Press programming guides, this one may turn out to be the most effective, as a teaching tool, for that special case where a person is already interested in Minecraft and wants to learn Python."
"In this beginner friendly book...you will learn how to do cool things in Minecraft using the Python programming language. No prior programming experience is needed. Author Craig Richardson shows you how to install Python (it's free) on your Mac, PC, or Raspberry Pi. The book has step-by-step instructions to show you how to teleport your character, create palaces and other structures with a few lines of code, stack blocks, duplicate villages and geography, and a lot more."
"Shows how to use the Python programming environment to take a teleportation trip around the game’s landscape, create forests and make secret passageways...the class might think they’re playing a popular game, but beneath the surface, [they] will be learning about object oriented programming, Boolean loops, 'if' statements and more."
“Readers who work their way through the book will develop a strong working knowledge of Python basics, which can be employed to continue making modifications to Minecraft or be easily transferred to other applications. Not only would this book be great for motivated individuals, but teachers, tech coaches, librarians, and club leaders could use it as a basis for conducting their own classes and workshops.”
"I really love books like this, because they feed upon the interests and enthusiasm which are already present...and builds upon it."
"For a kid who likes Minecraft, the fact that everything is applied to it makes it a compelling way to learn...does a very good job breaking down the material, builds on concepts well, and offers plenty of opportunity for critical thinking through 'missions.'"
"A fantastic book."
"It seems like the best target audience would be a high school or undergraduate class in which the students are quite likely to be familiar with Minecraft already and you wish to leverage that knowledge to teach them programming. In that case, this book is clearly a good fit."
"Applies software development to Minecraft worlds so learners can quickly build structures, transport themselves around the environment and create mini-games...The book is perfect for anyone who primarily wants to learn how to program and enjoys Minecraft."
"No Starch Press has great programming books for kids and teens, and Learn to Program with Minecraft is a solid addition to middle school and YA collections."