Starting Out with Alice, 3rd edition

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Starting Out with Alice offers a fun and motivational way to learn the basic tenets of programming. Alice provides an innovative and popular teaching tool for creating virtual programming worlds of animations and computer games, giving you with the confidence to transition into Java or other programming languages.

Published by Pearson (July 15th 2021) - Copyright © 2013

ISBN-13: 9780137618453

Subject: Pre-Programming & Introduction to Programming

Category: Alice

Table of contents

1. Introduction to Alice and Objects
2. Programming in Alice
3. Variables, Functions, Math, and Strings
4. Decision Structures
5. Repetition Structures
6. Methods, Functions, and More about Variables
7. Events
8. Lists and Arrays
9. Recursion

Appendix A: Installing Alice
Appendix B: Answers to Checkpoints



1. Introduction to Alice and Objects
1.1 What Is a Computer Program?
1.2 Algorithms and Programming Languages
1.3 Learning to Program with Alice
TUTORIAL 1-1. Opening and playing an Alice world
1.4 Objects
1.5 Classes and the Alice Galleries
TUTORIAL 1-2. Creating a world and adding objects
1.6 3D Objects and the Camera
TUTORIAL 1-3. Moving the camera in 3D space
TUTORIAL 1-4. Manipulating objects in 3D space
TUTORIAL 1-5. Manipulating subpart objects
Review Questions

2. Programming in Alice
2.1 Writing Methods
TUTORIAL 2-1. Adding instructions to an Alice world
TUTORIAL 2-2. Exploring additional primitive methods
2.2 Naming Conventions
2.3 Designing a Program
TUTORIAL 2-3. Using the program design cycle
TUTORIAL 2-4. Inserting comments
2.5 Tips for Setting Up an Initial Scene
2.6 Executing Instructions Simultaneously
TUTORIAL 2-5. Creating simultaneously executed instructions
2.7 Exporting Your Code for Printing
2.8 Exporting an Alice World to Video
Review Questions

3. Variables, Functions, Math, and Strings
3.1 Variables
TUTORIAL 3-1. Creating and using a variable
TUTORIAL 3-2. Creating a set instruction for a variable
3.2 Using Functions
TUTORIAL 3-3. Calling an ask user function
TUTORIAL 3-4. Using a proximity function
3.3 Creating Math Expressions
TUTORIAL 3-5. Using math to avoid collisions
3.4 Working with Strings and Text
TUTORIAL 3-6. Converting a Number variable to a string
Review Questions

4. Decision Structures
4.1 Boolean Values
4.2 The If/Else Decision Structure
TUTORIAL 4-1. Creating an If/Else instruction
TUTORIAL 4-2. Creating a Single-Alternative Decision Structure
4.3 Nested If/Else Decision Structures
TUTORIAL 4-3. Creating Nested If/Else Instructions
4.4 Relational Comparisons and Logical Operators
TUTORIAL 4-3. Using a relational operator
TUTORIAL 4-4. Testing an object's color property
Review Questions

5. Repetition Structures
5.1 The Loop Instruction
TUTORIAL 5-1. Using the Loop instruction
TUTORIAL 5-2. Creating a User-Controlled Loop
5.2 The While Instruction
TUTORIAL 5-3. Using a While instruction to make an object vanish
TUTORIAL 5-4. Using a While instruction to make an object smaller
TUTORIAL 5-5. Using the While instruction to move an object
5.3 Nested Loops
Review Questions

6. Methods, Functions, and More about Variables
6.1 Writing Custom Class-Level Methods
TUTORIAL 6-1. Creating a class-level method
6.2 Saving an Object to a New Class
TUTORIAL 6-2. Saving an object to a class
6.3 Stepwise Refinement
TUTORIAL 6-3. Completing the WorkOut world
6.4 Passing Arguments
TUTORIAL 6-4. Passing arguments to a method
6.5 Using Class-Level Variables as Properties
TUTORIAL 6-5. Adding a property to an object
6.6 Writing Class-Level Functions
TUTORIAL 6-6. Writing a class-level function
TUTORIAL 6-7. Writing a class-level function
6.7 World-Level Methods and Variables
6.8 Using Clipboards
6.9 Tips for Visual Effects and Animation
Review Questions

7. Events
7.1 Responding to Events
7.2 Handling Key Press and Mouse Events
TUTORIAL 7-1. Handling key press events
TUTORIAL 7-2. Handling the while a key is pressed event
TUTORIAL 7-3. Handling a mouse click event
7.3 Using Events in Simulations and Games
7.4 Tips for Games and Simulations
Review Questions

8. Lists and Arrays
8.1 Lists
TUTORIAL 8-1. Creating a list and using the For all in order
and For all together instructions
TUTORIAL 8-2. More complex list processing
TUTORIAL 8-3. Using the Let the mouse move <objects> event
8.2 Arrays
TUTORIAL 8-4. Creating an array and a loop that steps through it
TUTORIAL 8-5. Randomly selecting an array element
Review Questions

9. Recursion
9.1 Introduction to Recursion
TUTORIAL 9-1. Creating a recursive method
9.2 Problem Solving with Recursion
TUTORIAL 9-2. Recursive problem solving in animation
TUTORIAL 9-3. Writing a recursive mathematical function
Review Questions

Appendix A Installing Alice
Appendix B Answers to Checkpoints

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