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Very well written, and it's free!

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Free ebook
by Yakov Fain

Java programming for kids, parents, and grandparents

See http://www.faratasystems.com/?page_id=197

· This e-book is written for kids from 11 to 80 years old and for school computer teachers.
· This e-book is great for parents who want to get their child into the world of computer programming - the real one, not the reader-rabbit-kind-of-world.
· This e-book is for college students who are looking for a supplement to overcomplicated textbooks.

Book in English
http://www.myflex.org/books/JavaKid8x11.pdf
This pdf has 211 pages. We did the first three chapters, and they were very good.

Book in French
http://maxime.daniel.free.fr/xoteam/jpfk/jpe.html

Download the code examples from the book
http://myflex.org/books/jfk_code.zip

Here are the first 3 chapters.
Chapter 1: Install java; create "Hello world" program (22 pages long)
Chapter 2: Install eclipse (Java IDE for writing code and debugging)
Chapter 3: Classes, methods, and attributes; variables

The chapter on using eclipse is very helpful. It is a good introduction to using an IDE (integrated developers' environment) instead of a plain text editor. Having it catch your syntax errors and tell you how to correct them is enormously helpful. A plain text editor can indicate that you forgot a closing parenthesis, but it wouldn't show you exactly where to put it.

To read a sample section
http://www.kidslike.info/teaching_java_to_kids_sample_section


Long description

So far I've only seen instructions for installation on Windows.

The author Yakov Fain is a respected Java author.

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Here are our notes on this book as we work through it
http://www.kidslike.info/notes_on_the_book_java_for_kids

We've stopped working through this book. The simple graphics does not engage our child testers, who would much rather do Scratch or Alice or Greenfoot.
http://www.kidslike.info/computer_programming_educational_programming_la...

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Library of Congress topic
QA76.73Java

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Authored by supportkidslike on Aug 20, 2008.