Spotlight: Javascript for Kids

Javascript for Kids

Check it check it check it out! No longer will you have to wish your kids would learn to code and make you oodles of cash. How about those long winter months where kids sit in front of the TV or computer anyway? Well, fear no more, now they can learn Javascript! BAM! Check out the press release below:

San Francisco, CA (November 20, 2014) — JavaScript is the programming language of the Web, the secret sauce behind the rich and interactive features of sites like Twitter and Facebook. And it's the perfect first programming language for kids because it runs in any web browser.

This December, No Starch Press will release what is sure to be their next best-selling title in their "For Kids" series:JavaScript for Kids (No Starch Press, Dec 2014, 336pp, US $34.95, 4C). Like Python for Kids before it—now the best-selling introduction to programming for young people—JavaScript for Kids will have readers hooked on coding with its collection of fun programs, patient explanations, and adorable illustrations.

The author behind this compelling introduction, Twitter engineer Nick Morgan, begins with programming basics like working with strings, arrays, and loops, then moves on to more advanced topics like building interactivity with jQuery and drawing graphics with Canvas. Each chapter builds on the last, and lively code examples show the reader how to create bouncing balls, buzzing bees, and even complete games like Snake. Programming challenges at the end of each chapter are designed to stretch young brains and to inspire the next generation of coders to create their own amazing programs.

Of course, while written for kids, JavaScript for Kids is perfect for any beginner who wants a gentle and fun introduction to programming.

JavaScript for Kids will be available in bookstores everywhere this December.