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How to Become a Programmer

Over the last decade, few jobs have become as in demand as that of the programmer. Needed by firms in virtually every industry around the world, programmers have an incredible level of freedom to take their careers wherever they please, as this guide to becoming a programmer explains.
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12 February 2019

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How to become a web developer

One of the most increasingly in demand career positions is that of the web developer. An incredibly flexible role that can prove to be very financially rewarding, web developers are needed by firms around the world, in all industries.This guide to becoming a web developer offers an overview of what web developers...
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22 November 2017

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The MagPi essentials: hacking and making in Minecraft

This resource uses the version of Minecraft that comes pre-installed within the Raspbian operating system for the Raspberry Pi. As such a Raspberry Pi is required to use this e-book. Minecraft: Pi Edition comes with a powerful Application Programming Interface (API), which allows students to hack and make entire...
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The MagPi essentials: learn to code with Scratch

In this resource , students can get started and are guided step-by-step through the process of creating all sorts of projects using Scratch including games, animations, quizzes, electronics circuits, and more. Although originally written for the Raspberry Pi all the projects can be ported to other platforms (except...
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The Scratch Patch

This introduction to programming in Scratch uses a trivial example to demonstrate simple audio and animation. It is written for Scratch 1.4 but can be easily adapted for later versions. 
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The Scratch patch - making a simple game

This practical guide to creating a simple game is aimed at those new to programming with Scratch 1.4 or above. It develops a basic Frogger game and introduces collision detection, a key element of many games.
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The Scratch patch - make a Simon game

This game-writing activity using Scratch will bring back youthful memories for some! It provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to recreate the memory game Simon on-screen. It includes reusable game elements such as score keeping and audio generation.
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2010 to date

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The Scratch patch - physics of a cannon ball

Combining some fundamental physics with trigonometry and computer programming, this guide helps students to create a simulation of the projectile motion of a cannon ball. The concepts are all briefly explained, and the program introduces some clever mathematics as well as game elements, such as collision...
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BBC Micro:bit for sensing and control with a buggy

An article about using the BBC Micro:bit to control a £25 Kitronic self-assembly buggy.  The assembled kit makes a line-following buggy.  The micro:bit can be used just to control the motion, after calibration, of the buggy as a floor trutle.  It can also use the on-board accelerometer sensor...
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09 May 2016

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