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Preface to a collection of modules designed to help beginners of all ages learn how to create the code for computer programs. Information is provided not only for the beginners themselves but also for their parents and teachers where appropriate.

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This module is one in a collection of modules designed to help beginners of all ages (8 and up) learn how to create the code for computer programs. Information is provided not only for the beginnersthemselves but also for parents, teachers, and other helpers where appropriate.

The purpose of this module is simply to introduce the collection.

Background information

In the year 2013, everything from parking meters to cell phones to Mars landing vehicles are controlled by computer code. That code is written byhumans.

Bill Gates , Mark Zuckerberg , Mitch Resnick , and many other respected individuals are telling us that "Everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer... because it teaches you how to think."

If you search the web, you will find a maze of web pages containing information forteaching beginners how to create program code. This collection will attempt to pull much of that information together and to provide explanations that will make it easier forbeginners to navigate that maze and to get involved in computer programming.

As mentioned earlier, the information in this collection is intended not only for the beginnersthemselves, but also for the parents, teachers, and other helpers of those beginners where appropriate.


Many paths are available

There are many paths that a beginner can take and many tools that a beginner can use in learning to write computercode -- some good and some not so good. Here is a non-exhaustive list of tools and resources (in no particular order) that I have collected from the web :

  1. Scratch
  2. Codecademy
  3. Udacity - Introduction to Computer Science
  4. Alice
  5. CodeHS
  6. Kodu
  7. Python
  8. Pygame
  9. CS1graphics.org
  10. Sugar on a Stick
  11. Lua
  12. OpenSim
  13. Spritely
  14. Edubuntu
  15. App Inventor
  16. Lego Mindstorms
  17. Greenfoot
  18. BlueJ
  19. Java
  20. Play-i
  21. Marshall Brain: Teaching your kids how to write computer programs
  22. Code.org
  23. Treehouse
  24. W3schools.com
  25. TurtleAcademy
  26. StackOverflow
  27. Programr
  28. Mozilla Thimble
  29. MIT Open Courseware
  30. LearnStreet
  31. LCodeTHW
  32. KidsRuby
  33. JSDares
  34. HTML5 Rocks
  35. Hackety Hack
  36. Tynker
  37. Stencyl
  38. Microsoft Small Basic
  39. Snap! (Build Your Own Blocks)
  40. Blockly
  41. Kodable
  42. Hopscotch
  43. Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) with Java

Questions & Answers

Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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