newbieprog
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Re: Please help newbie, recommend books,videos' etc

Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:38 am

Please could you lovely people help a newbie?

My son is 7 and has Asperger Syndrome, his obsession for the last two years has been Zelda and I am hoping the Raspberry Pi will give him a useful obsession instead.

I have ordered RPi for his birthday, he is really excited and planning all the games he is going to design, but I fear I will be unable to help him as I am clueless. I have read through some of the forum and tbh it is all over my head.

Were is a good starting point for him, books or links to videos'? He has no programming experience and he can get frustrated if he finds things difficult.

Thank you, anybody who takes the time to reply.

Cylon
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Location: Peterborough

Re: Please help newbie, recommend books,videos' etc

Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:48 am

http://elinux.org/RaspberryPiBoard

is a great place to start me thinks

also Liam  has created a great starting point for us all.

feature=plcp&context=C33f9685UDOEgsToPDskLFAFuIonB9KdfO-nEdBjIva.

Reading the Articles about PYGAME http://pygame.org/news.html

would be good.

bobba_dwj
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Re: Please help newbie, recommend books,videos' etc

Tue Mar 06, 2012 1:12 pm

Obviously I don't know quite how he will get on with this, but I would recommend the "Hello World" book published by Manning on beginning with Python.  You can get it in either paper form or as an ebook:

http://www.manning.com/sande/

You may still have to work through it with him, but it is very easy to read.

kirbyman62
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Re: Please help newbie, recommend books,videos' etc

Tue Mar 06, 2012 6:55 pm

I would recommend you teach him that he isn't going to be making games (at least not what I would define as a 'game', I've just started programming and have a little hangman game running well, but nothing in comparison to Zelda) for a good while, and he'll need to learn how everything works before you can get close to that.

Other than that, I wish you and your son the best of luck and hope you have fun

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