[Newbies] Will EToys Teach Me to Program in Squeak?

David Mitchell david.mitchell at gmail.com
Thu Jul 6 16:51:31 UTC 2006

I would recommend:

It really isn't a book about "robots", but you control onscreen robots 
(turtle graphics) in lots of the examples.

I've seen the book in various Borders, but you can most easily get it 
online. Good intro to fundamental programming concepts. There isn't a 
lot of intro to computers curriculum for eToys. This book even has a 
chapter that introduces eToys (at the end). Sample chapters and 
downloads online.
It has a chapter that introduces eToys

Greg Smith wrote:

> Gentlefolk:
> I am entering the field of programming having no prior experience.   
> I'm not a kid, age-wise, anyway.  It seems every programming language  
> I have encountered makes assumptions about my prior knowledge, (that  
> I have some), and the teachers of these languages use strange and  
> alien terminology to describe actions that I am already unfamiliar  
> with.  The teachers, (online tutorials), use terminology that is  
> familiar to themselves to explain new concepts, but is unfamiliar and  
> vague to me.
> For these reasons I am looking toward using the EToys, children's  
> software, as a means to obtain a total introduction to programming,  
> in general, and to Squeak, specifically.  Is this the self-education  
> route I should take, or is there a better "adult" pathway for learning?
> I actually wish that EToys was introduced and structured so that it  
> specifically was aimed at teaching me to program rather than to teach  
> me Mathematics and Science.  But maybe it will do both.
> Please let me know,
> Greg Smith
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