My boys are now programmers… Proud Dad

With summer coming (and now here) I wanted something to keep the boy’s brains working. Knowing it will take a lot to keep them from video games, the pool, and general tomfoolery I wanted to get them each a programming book that would engross them and keep them going well into the summer.

With Noah (having just finished 5th grade and a huge fan of Minecraft) the decision was easy. My favorite technical book publisher, the Pragmatic Bookshelf, had recently put out a book that teaches Java programming with a focus on Minecraft. I bought him, “Learn to Program with Minecraft Plugins: Create Flying Creepers and Flaming Cows in Java“. I knew he would love it and figured I’d enjoy reading it too. 😉

Deciding what to buy Zach was a tougher decision. Zach just finished 3rd grade and is much different than Noah. He’s not really into video games. He’s an unique / strange / awesome combination of bookworm and athlete. He absolutely loves reading and sports. Considering how much he likes reading, I wanted to get him something that would really be fun to read, and didn’t have to be read in front of a computer.

I decided on something from my second favorite tech book publisher, the people behind the Head First series. Their books do an amazing job of teaching all kinds of highly technical subjects (e.g., Java, C#, Physics, etc.). I got Zach a new edition of a book I read probably 10 years ago, Head First HTML and CSS.

So now having had their books for a couple days, Zach keeps showing me “websites” he’s built and Noah is becoming a cmd-line guru and learning Java. I’m proud of these boys and can’t wait to see what they’ve done by the end of the summer.

Noah and Zach showing off their new programming books
Noah and Zach showing off their new programming books
Noah the Java guy
Noah is busy at work learning Java and having fun!

3 thoughts on “My boys are now programmers… Proud Dad”

  1. Marie, you are a very such an amazing weitrr with the most amazing imagination. This past may I hurt my back and I couldn’t sit and read anymore, when I had the time I had to lie back and read, which finally had me divorce my love affair with the paper book and finally get to the digital world, It was then that I first read my first M/M romance book and since then I have read over 300 book and your Promise and Strawberries for dessert are my most favorite of all the books, I can’t even tell you how many times I have read them. Please write more about them, I really want to see the next chaper in Matt and Jared’s and I would love to see how Cole and Jon will move forward.The way you write the pictures you create the details you include the emotions you so beautifully describe, are . I can’t even find the word, amazing, OMG GREAT, as you see I am not much of a weitrr.You are great and your stories are fantastic, please keep them coming.

  2. I believe a coipmetive tablet could be created with very little technical innovation to give the iPad a run for its money. It’s all in the apps.It would have:a. apps for audio play (something like media monkey or fubar), video play (any decent video player), and Audacity for audio recording.b. apps for paint, sketch, and stylus-driven note-taking, pre-installed.c. easy wi-fi connection, with an optional aircard.d. plays flash, has an ebook reader with a marketplace in which compatible ebooks can be found, and an app to to cloud word processing facility similar to google docs.e. has a GUI of window or apple simplicity, but can run windows or linux or android or chrome the key is app functionality.f. app which accesses a cloud mapfinder with enhanced location functionality.g. apps for easy connect to all major social mediah. apps for a panoply of open source games, freei. has a webcam, has smart card slots, has a DVD drive.j. price points less than the iPad.k. an apps store with lots of low cost and no cost apps.This sounds like quite a laundry list, but the point is that it’s not a lot ofgreat new technology that’s required it’s easy and accessible apps for existing technology. In short, my iPad killer would be a tablet-format netbook that is designed around an app marketplace relying on cloud computing. iPhone and iPad (and in a way, the earlier success of iPod) are predicated in part on smooth and cool devices, but in large part on efficiently networked content. Android is showing that market share can be gathered if apps are available and easy to get, just like in the Apple world. the iPad competitor should focus less on new tech, and more on ease of apps.

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