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Ruby Wizardry
New Adventure Book Teaches Kids to Code in Ruby

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San Francisco, CA (December 9, 2014) — The "learn to code" movement is in full swing, and it's easy to see why. Every year, over 120,000 jobs in computing go unfilled due to lack of skilled workers, yet fewer than 10 percent of American schools offer programming classes.

A new book called Ruby Wizardry promises to help change that. The latest from No Starch Press, publisher of best-selling programming-for-kids titles like Super Scratch Programming Adventure! and Python for Kids, Ruby Wizardry was written by New Yorker-published poet, professional programmer, and former Codecademy content architect Eric Weinstein. Ruby Wizardry (Dec 2014, 352pp, US $29.95, 2C) is a playful, illustrated tale that teaches kids how to program by taking them on an enchanted adventure.

According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, "Ruby Wizardry continues the No Starch Press tradition of making technology accessible for all ages. It should prove valuable to parents looking for a way to turn their children on to coding."

In Ruby Wizardry, author Eric Weinstein introduces Ruby programming via a unique, story-based approach designed to keep things fun. As kids follow the adventures of the book's young heroes Ruben and Scarlet, they learn programming skills, like how to:

  • Use fundamental programming concepts like variables, symbols, arrays, and strings
  • Create a programmable breakfast menu with Ruby hashes
  • Control program flow with loops and conditionals to help the Royal Plumber
  • Test out their wild and crazy ideas, and save Ruby programs as scripts
  • Create a class of mini-wizards, each with its own superpower
  • Organize and reuse code with methods and classes
  • Write amazing interactive stories using Ruby
The Ruby programming language is used by hundreds of thousands of professionals every day on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. And Ruby is free, which makes it the perfect tool to begin coding.

Ruby Wizardry will be available in fine bookstores everywhere this December.


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About the Author

Eric Weinstein has helped millions learn to program through Codecademy, where he designed and wrote the Ruby curriculum and contributed courses on Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and PHP. He has also taught creative writing to undergraduates and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at NYU, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow. He writes Ruby for a living in New York City.

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Ruby Wizardry Ruby Wizardry: An Introduction to Programming for Kids
Publisher: No Starch Press
By Eric Weinstein
Print ISBN: 9781593275662, $29.95
December 2014, 2C, 352 pp.
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