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The many available options can lead to confusion, particularly for beginners, parents, and teachers without a strong technical background.Different items in the above list are best suited to students of different ages with different backgrounds.

In this collection, I will attempt to provide the information needed to helpbeginners, parents, and teachers alike sort through the options in order to navigate apath that makes sense for each particular beginner.

Although my recommendation may change over time as new tools and resources become available, as of May 2013, my recommended path is as follows:

  1. Begin with Scratch 2.0 . You can read more about Scratch and some of the other items on my recommended path in thesections that follow. By the time that you finish with Scratch, you should be able to create programs to solve the Blockly maze puzzles . They will test your knowledge of certain aspects of programming logic.
  2. When you are comfortable with Scratch, complete the following free online course: Codecademy JavaScript . If you are really ambitious, you might also want to complete Codecademy Ruby .
  3. Once you complete the Codecademy JavaScript course, take a temporary departure from programming and learn about another form of coding by completing the following free online course: Codecademy Web Fundamentals .
  4. At this point, you will need to graduate into the use of a compiled type-sensitive programming language. My recommendation is to complete all ofthe Programming Fundamentals modules at Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) with Java .
  5. Next you should take a look at the Objects First module at Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) with Java .
  6. Following that, you should study the modules in ITSE 2321 , ITSE 2317 , GAME 2302 , and Anatomy of a Game Engine at Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) with Java .

There are many other resources in the above list that are worth pursuing. However, once you reach the end of this recommended path , you will be sufficiently wellinformed that you will no longer need my recommendations to help you chart your path forward.

Programming knowledge requirements

Several years ago, I extracted information from various Texas State documents in an attempt to get a handle on the minimum level of programming knowledge thatis required for students to graduate from a Texas high school with one or more courses in computer science. By organizingthat material, I came up with the list in Appendix A as the minimum list of items that must be understood by the graduating student.

Won't cover the first three items

I probably won't attempt to cover the first three items in the list in Appendix A . Instead, I will recommend that you go on the web or go to a used bookstore to purchaseand then study the first few chapters of any one of hundreds of textbooks on programming fundamentals that have been published in the past twenty years that cover those items. Thatmaterial hasn't changed much in twenty years so it doesn't need to be a new textbook. Furthermore, that material is generally independent of the programminglanguage being used, so it doesn't even need to be a textbook for a specific programming language.

Questions & Answers

Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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?
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