|Category: Children's Non-Fiction|
|Reviewer: Sue Magee|
|Summary: Sufficient coding knowledge to get you doing what it says on the cover and all explained in simple language. Great stuff.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 208||Date: May 2016|
|Publisher: Walker Books|
|External links: Author's website|
Learning to code, even heading into my seventh decade, changed my life and for today's children it's important because it opens so many doors. It might look complicated, but all it required is concentration and - eventually - imagination. I had a reasonable mastery of the skills of basic HTML in three days with the benefit of a personal tutor, but where to go if you don't have that privilege or if you need some extra support? Get Coding! seems like the perfect answer.
The book's aimed directly at the nine-plus age group and it's not just an instruction manual: there's a story behind what you're asked to do. Professor Bairstone, the famous explorer and Dr Ruby day have discovered the flawless Monk Diamond hidden in a mountain cave. Well, it was actually Prof Bairstone's dog, Ernest who started sniffing and barking at a large boulder which led to the discovery of the diamond, but now Professor Bairstone needs the information to be got to the world at large - and you - the reader - are tasked with building a website to get the information out there.
And that's what you're going to do - in easy stages and at your own pace. With no knowledge at all you could produce webpages in a matter of hours. You'll be writing code in a matter of minutes. The explanations are gloriously simple and straightforward and there are even online resources if you get stuck. The steps are very easy and you start seeing rewards straight away - there's no toiling away for hours only to find that there's still really nothing to see. This has been written by people who understand how children's minds work - and a lot of adults too!
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
Bookbag is a wiki: if you're interested in running a wiki then you might find MediaWiki (Wikipedia and Beyond) by Daniel J Barrett interesting. Kids who enjoy Get Coding! might also appreciate Ultimate Mapping Guide for Kids by Justin Miles.
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