Ruby Wizardry: A Brand New Programming Book Helps Kids Learn To Code In Ruby

By Donyae , Updated Dec 11, 2014 11:07 AM EST
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Computer coding is a hot industry. If only there was some way to get children interested in it to help secure their future career choices- oh wait, there totally is! Ruby Wizardry is a new book from No Starch Press that helps children learn to code in Ruby.

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The new book is part of a line of coding for kids books, with previous titles including Super Scratch Programing Adventure and Python for Kids.  The fun book is designed to make coding concepts and procedures easy to grasp for children.

The book is written by Eric Weinstein who previously worked as a Codeacedemy content architect and is also a professional programmer. The book is a "playful illustrated tale that teachers kids how to program by taking them on an enchanted adventure." Children will be introduced to a host of fun characters to help them on their journey to becoming Ruby Wizards.

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The adventures in the book will help children master programming skills such as:

  • - Use fundamental programming concepts like variables, symbols, arrays, and strings
  • - Create a programmable breakfast menu with Ruby hashes
  • - Control program flow with loops and conditionals to help the Royal Plumber
  • - Test out their wild and crazy ideas, and save Ruby programs as scripts
  • - Create a class of mini-wizards, each with its own superpower
  • - Organize and reuse code with methods and classes
  • - Write amazing interactive stories using Ruby

Ruby Wizardry is currently available in bookstores for $29.99. The book is geared for ages 10 and up. Ruby itself is free, so you can dive right in.

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