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Super Skills: How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons

By Sean McManus

Book cover: Superskills - How to code in 10 easy lessons Learn how to code with this great new book, which guides you through 10 easy lessons to build up your coding skills. The skills included here are important for many different programming languages.

As you read the book, you'll build several Scratch games that you can customise, including a quiz game and a platform game where you have to dodge the bugs, leap the gaps and time your jumps to reach the top of the screen.

You'll finish up by making a simple website, learning HTML and CSS, so you can share your hobbies and games.

These are the Super Skills you'll learn as you become a coder:

  • Super Skill 1: Understanding Coding
  • Super Skill 2: Mastering Your Tools
  • Super Skill 3: Getting Your Bearings
  • Super Skill 4: Don't Repeat Yourself
  • boy jumping over ladybirdsSuper Skill 5: Making Decisions
  • Super Skill 6: Using Variables
  • Super Skill 7: Planning Your Game
  • Super Skill 8: Building Your Platform Game
  • Super Skill 9: Building Your Website
  • Super Skill 10: Styling Your Website

The book features full colour illustrations throughout by Venitia Dean, some of which are shown on this page.

This book was shortlisted for the ALCS 2017 Educational Writers' Award.

UPDATE: There's a new version of Scratch out now, Scratch 3. Projects created for older versions work in Scratch 3. See my guide to what's new in Scratch 3 here.

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Discover the games and examples

The book includes the following games and code examples.

Where available, click a link below to download the code or to try the game. For the Scratch games, you'll be taken to the Scratch website in a new window. This web page will stay open in this window.

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Scratch cat says: Visit Sean's Scratch Resources

I've collected together all my bonus Scratch resources and tutorials at www.sean.co.uk/scratch.

Find my 10-block Scratch demos, Scratch tutorials from The MagPi magazine, free sprite packs, free book chapters and more!

For more information on my Scratch books, visit the Scratch Programming in Easy Steps and Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps homepages. You can also learn how to use Scratch on the Raspberry Pi in Raspberry Pi For Dummies.

Useful links

These are the links from the back of the book, to save you typing them in!


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