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Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript & build a website, app & game Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-04 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:076369276X
LANGUAGE:English

"Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript & build a website, app & game by Young Rewired State

The Get Coding book is a positive addition to school curriculum or library programming. It helps students learn how to think, code, and create useful resources for themselves and others. The images visually direct the learning, while the text reinforces with instructional language. The learning is broken into segments or chunks to help the learner understand, experience, and practice the learning. The writing in the book is “kid” oriented and practical. Most kids will have a positive learning experience in groups or individually while using the book. The learning mechanism provided in “Get Coding…” supports the current trend to begin coding early in K-6 education. Coding in general supports structural and sequential thinking. A key aspect of the book is learning within a creative environment. Recommended.
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"The book, Get Coding! by Young Rewired State is packed with not only one language but 3 of the most used and well known coding programs out there! These are HTML which is great for blogs websites, CSS and Javascript which I find to be quite fun to work with! The book also is packed with cute cartoon-like photos, something that any child and even an adult may find fun to read and interested in learning. What I found to be beneficial of this book is that it's not a huge boring and hard to read the book, but very engaging and breaks learning about coding to a simpler way for anyone even a beginner adult to learn!

It's packed with instructions and easy to follow steps. The book really teaches you the main importance of each coding language and how to use them. It's not complicated and even a bit more fun to read and doesn't cause one's eyes to roam. I honestly love the cute characters and illustrated examples and helpful steps to help give a child a chance to learn to code without it becoming stressful, even for an adult teaching a child!

Another thing I really love is that after you enjoy learning what's inside, you can take that next step and create a site for blogging, business or pretty much anything. Also, get started on creating a fun game for others, even your friends to play and also apps! Who wouldn't love to make something fun for another to play, I know I would! This book is a guide and workbook, something that could be used in a classroom for children to learn from, but not difficult or hard to understand.

So instead of searching the internet for info on HTML codes when building a website or questioning what functions to use during javascript and variables, I will just need to refer to this book for guidance and it has helped me learn important information that I can now remember for my future projects as well as explain it to a child with ease! Finally, this is actually a book I would recommend and found it to be a super helper and one I love for children to learn from!
" said.

"Get Coding!, is an absolutely fabulous and essential book for children if they want to know how to code a webpage, or build an app. In today’s society, we are relying on more and more computerised machinery, and the internet is exceptionally useful and popular, and is only going to become even more important in years to come.

I’ve believed for a long time that they should teach coding in schools. I remember having an old Amstrad computer as a child and learning how to code, spending hours copying code from a book and then all it did was to make one little image move across the screen. Today, coding is much simpler, easier and creates a lot more than a single moving image.

This book will give children the knowledge to build a webpage, create a password, build and app, plan a route and make a mini-game. It will also show them how to code using the three modern essential languages HTML, CSS and Javascript. The only things that are needed to be able to use this book are a computer/Mac and the internet.

The instructions are exceptionally easy to understand and follow. They are also split into two so that there is one set for PC and one for Mac computers. Be aware that the instructions are written in American English – this is because computer code is written in American English, so I can only presume that they didn’t want to confuse the children.

Children will love this book and it will teach them valuable skills for the future. It will also give them a sense of achievement as they complete each of the six missions.

Reviewed by Stacey at www.whisperingstories.com
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"I received this book for free from the publisher in return for a review. The following is my honest opinion on this book:

'Get Coding' is an excellent book for anybody interested in learning the basics of programming. The same width as an A4 book and almost square in shape it's quite big at 208 pages. With thick glossy pages this feels a little like a school text book, however it's anything but boring. The book is separated into sections teaching you things like how to build a web page, building an app and building a game all using the coding languages of HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

Now although I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to electronics, I love my computer, my games, taking the pc apart, building a new one, etc but I have to honestly say I don't know much coding language. This book is very easy to understand though and is set out in a colourful and simple way. The book covers making a simple game and goes through all the stages of what to do step by step so you don't get easily lost. I do know quite a bit of html language and I can say that all that I know is accurately explained in the book so although I haven't tried all the coding and making a game feature yet, I believe the book to be accurate.

What I really like about this book is that although explained from start to finish you can also dip in and out of the book with the handy index. This is great if you are using html or another language on your own web pages and don't want to create that whole app game but want to just use certain info in your own projects.

This is a great book for kids and I think plenty of adults who aren't too knowledgeable in computer coding will enjoy using this book, it's certainly helped me. (pictures available on amazon or my website)
" said.

"This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.

I actually agreed to review this all the way back in October, but I only got around to reading it a few weeks before this review needed to go live. Why? Because it's a fun premise for teaching kids to code, and I really love it, but I already knew how to do almost everything the book teaches. I did a two-semester HTML/JavaScript/CSS web coding class several years ago and took AP Computer Science (which teaches Java, similar to JavaScript) in my junior year. I already love to code–thus the fact that I'll be majoring in it when I start college (two weeks from now!)–so I don't really need the introductory material anymore.

"Why did you agree to review it, then?" you may be asking. It's a fair question, but honestly, I was hoping I could pass it along to my youngest brother and see him interacting with it. He's frankly more of the target age, and he was just getting into coding at that point. But he took one look at the book, saw that it didn't involve coding mods for Minecraft, and said he wasn't going to do it. Hmmph.

But honestly, after flipping through it, I still think Get Coding! would be absolutely perfect for just the right kid. I probably could have gotten my brother hooked on it if I'd tried sooner–heck, I probably would have gotten hooked on it if I'd gotten it before I took the other classes. It teaches a lot of interesting skills in a meaningful way, tying them together with letters and "missions" connected to this stolen gem that the coder is helping to protect from the "Bond Brothers" who want to steal it back. You have to make a website for exchanging information about the gem, then password-protect it, then build a checklist web app, then plan a route through a city (by embedding Google Maps), then make a game to train the security guards at the museum, then put together a full website to inform the public about the gem. It's sequential and interesting, and there are little newspaper articles to go along with the letters at each step.

If anything, I worry that the book packs too much of a punch at just 208 pages. It moves extraordinarily quickly, and while it explains things well I bet there will be kids who will get stuck early on, copy the code straight from the book without analyzing it, and struggle to understand the trickier concepts further on. That was definitely a problem when my brother and I worked through the web design textbooks a few years ago. The support website for the book, getcodingkids.com, actually looks very helpful, though, so it could be okay.

Basically, if you or your kid thinks the book's "mission" gimmick will make coding fun, then definitely buy Get Coding! If you don't think it will hold interest, though, then you would probably be better hunting around to find something that will be more attractive.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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"ARC provided by publisher

Unlike many of the coding initiatives to get kids coding, this book plunges young computer experts right into creating a web site with HTML and goes further with Java Script and even building an app. The instructions are clear and precise, and the projects that are addressed are ones that beginning coders will definitely want to use.

There is also a "mission" that fictional characters talk about in the text. Each chapter starts with a message (in 4 point font) about what Professor Bairstone and his colleague Dr. Ruby Day need to do. Scattered through the instructions are more tasks tangent to this mission that go along with whatever is being designed. The artwork for these characters is a bit goofy and appealing, and in the final version will be in full color.

The information in Get Coding is also available on their web site, but the book would be useful to have at one's side while working on the computer if it's hard for you to toggle back and forth between screens. There's a lot of information, it's very useful, and it's formatted in a good way with fun pictures.

I'm a little torn about this one. It's fantastic that it's giving children actual coding information instead of drag-and-drop websites. A couple of years ago, when our students participated in the Day of Coding, the organizer couldn't tell me what language they were using. WAAAAAY back in the day, I coded in Basic, one of the versions of C, HTML, and JavaScript. I designed the school website in HTML in about 2000. Even so, this book was a little bit of a challenge for me. I never did try to make an app. It was too daunting.

Really motivated students who have someone to help them or who have worked with code before will find this to be helpful and amusing. For my students, many of whom don't have any coding experience, I am looking for something much simpler and less dense. If this hadn't included the "mission", it would have been more useful for my school's needs, but also less amusing.
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" For any computer wiz kid or inspiring to be, this book is a great addition to their library. Simplified information that it can almost be considered a dummy guide for adults as well, lol. A number of hands on projects that help to reinforce what they've learned and just over all a lot of fun to read through. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. " said.

"The book, Get Coding! by Young Rewired State is packed with not only one language but 3 of the most used and well known coding programs out there! These are HTML which is great for blogs websites, CSS and Javascript which I find to be quite fun to work with! The book also is packed with cute cartoon-like photos, something that any child and even an adult may find fun to read and interested in learning. What I found to be beneficial of this book is that it's not a huge boring and hard to read the book, but very engaging and breaks learning about coding to a simpler way for anyone even a beginner adult to learn!

It's packed with instructions and easy to follow steps. The book really teaches you the main importance of each coding language and how to use them. It's not complicated and even a bit more fun to read and doesn't cause one's eyes to roam. I honestly love the cute characters and illustrated examples and helpful steps to help give a child a chance to learn to code without it becoming stressful, even for an adult teaching a child!

Another thing I really love is that after you enjoy learning what's inside, you can take that next step and create a site for blogging, business or pretty much anything. Also, get started on creating a fun game for others, even your friends to play and also apps! Who wouldn't love to make something fun for another to play, I know I would! This book is a guide and workbook, something that could be used in a classroom for children to learn from, but not difficult or hard to understand.

So instead of searching the internet for info on HTML codes when building a website or questioning what functions to use during javascript and variables, I will just need to refer to this book for guidance and it has helped me learn important information that I can now remember for my future projects as well as explain it to a child with ease! Finally, this is actually a book I would recommend and found it to be a super helper and one I love for children to learn from!
" said.

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