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Video Game Programming for Kids, Second Edition by Jonathan S. Harbour

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Foreword

The BASIC programming language has been around a long time, but it’s arguably one of the most important things to happen in the history of computing. Not only did Bill Gates get his start by creating a simple version of BASIC, there are many, many programmers and computer scientists who kick-started their passion for programming when they discovered this language.

One of the first books I authored, called IBM PC Graphics (published by TAB Books in 1984), was a collection of short, fun, BASIC programs, including a game inspired by Star Wars that my young son enjoyed a lot. The joy of creativity I felt then still comes around when I use QB64. It’s a great way to get started with computers and programming, and I recommend it highly for ...

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