October 23, 2013

Up this week: Chris Strom's very popular 3D Game Programming for Kids is now in print and shipping from pragprog.com/book/csjava. And if you like the idea of easier mobile game programming, check out the video for Create Mobile Games with Corona at pragprog.com/book/sdcorona for iOS and Android development in Lua.

More details in just a second, but first, some anniversary news.

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3D Game Programming for Kids: Create Interactive Worlds with JavaScript

Perfect for kids or anyone new to programming: you'll jump right in and write games and simulations while learning programming fundamentals. You'll use the ICE Code Editor, which was created especially for this book to make it easy for you to get started with JavaScript programming. With the ICE Editor, you'll see the results of your work right away. Want a red donut? You can make hundreds of them, spinning around like crazy right next to the code you just typed.

You'll do hands-on coding in every chapter. You'll start by building simple animated shapes, then make your own player—who can do cartwheels! You'll learn how to build your own games from start to finish, including a monster eating fruit, a cave puzzle, and rafting on a river.

You’ll animate simple shapes to create a model of the solar system, and make your own website so that you can show off your games with your friends. If you just want to make games, jump to the lessons focusing on projects. To understand some of the theory better or if you need some help with functions, turn to the chapters that explain the programming concepts. We'll walk you carefully through all the math needed to bring games to life.

Best of all, you get to create awesome games and say, "I made this!"

Now in print and shipping from pragprog.com/book/csjava.

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