Scratch Programming in Easy Steps
Scratch is a programming language that's widely used in schools and universities, and is the perfect first starting point for people of all ages who want to learn to program.
It's designed to enable you to be creative in making your own games, animations and other programs, while it shields you from the complexity of many other programming languages. Scratch has recently found a whole new audience on the Raspberry Pi.
Scratch in Easy Steps will show you how you can use Scratch to build games and other programs. Each chapter includes step by step examples you can build and experiment with, and the book covers the full range of Scratch's capabilities.
This book covers the web-based Scratch 2.0 as well as Scratch 1.4, as used on the Raspberry Pi.Buy the book at your favourite shop here
The book in brief
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Play the demos in my Scratch Arcade
Visit my Scratch 2.0 and Scratch 1.4 Examples Arcade to try out Spiral Rider, Super Dodgeball, Space Swarm, Donut Chaser, Keepy Uppy, Photo Safari, Penguin Patter, Shop Cat, Quiz Break and Hangman. You can play them in your browser without downloading any software. You need a browser that supports Flash and this doesn't work with Internet Explorer (sorry!). Note that you don't necessarily need Flash to use Scratch itself, just to run these demos.
I've added some comments and instructions to these demos too, to give you an idea of how they fit into the book.
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About the author
Sean McManus is an expert technology author. He wrote the bestsellers Web Design in Easy Steps, Raspberry Pi For Dummies (co-authored with Mike Cook), and iPad for the Older and Wiser. He first learned to program on an Amstrad CPC computer, and he has written for a wide range of business and technology magazines.
Bonus content and updates
Scratch links from the book
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