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December 29, 2005



Brian, regarding the programming of games, have you looked at GameMaker http://www.gamemaker.nl/ ? Whilst I haven't personally used it, I know it's used in schools.

Mikel Berger

Brian, check out Alice. http://www.alice.org/ It's a 3D environment that allows kids to create games or movies. It sounds just like what you're looking for. I've used it for 4H and my wife has taught it in her class of middle school kids. -Mikel


Thanks for the help, guys. Both of these look cool. I'll give them a try this weekend.


I'm kind of late to the party here, but the SitePoint books (www.sitepoint.com) are very readable. I especially recommend the html/css books to learn web design.

I've seen the Head First books at our local B&N, but haven't taken a look through them at all. They look interesting, and I'll put them on my "to do" list next time I'm there.

André Roberge

Have you looked at Guido van Robot (gvr@sf.net) or RUR-PLE (rur-ple@sf.net). The first is a Python-like language; the second is based on Python itself. Both have been used in school settings, although RUR-PLE, being much newer, has had less exposure. And while RUR-PLE is not yet at version 1.0, it effectively includes all that is included in GvR.
Both are totally free!

Disclaimer: I am the creator of RUR-PLE. After a short hiatus, I am working on it again and hope to release version 1.0 within a few months. The following step will be to include an introduction to game making with Pygame, as a smooth transition from RUR-PLE.

André Roberge

My apologies about the "links" in the previous post. They should have read:

Todd Blanchard

Squeak will let kids create games and simulations. Check out http://www.squeakland.org

There is also a great book for kids learning to program:


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