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Programming for Children, Minus Cryptic Syntax

Even some of the professional tools are within reach for smart high school students. Robert Nay, 14, became the talk of the Web when his iPhone game called Bubble Ball reached the top of the charts. He used Corona, a toolkit from Ansca Mobile that makes it relatively simple to create objects that behave as if they’re in the real world. Many of the rules of physics are already encoded and the programmer only tells the objects where to go, not how to bounce. Corona comes with a built-in ‘physics engine’ that fills in the details.

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Friday Night Forum: Fire it up!

Amazon’s upcoming Kindle Fire has been forecasted to sell over 5 million units when it’s formally released later this year. The ante-upped Kindle Fire is a 7-inch Android-based “stripped down” tablet (no camera, WiFi-only) that, at $199, will cost almost …

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‘Dabble’ wins Parent’s Choice Go...

Just yesterday, we were informed by Team Dabble that their board game has racked up yet another award — the esteemed Parent’s Choice Gold Award for superior educational toys and games. Of course, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise …

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Remembering Steve

Dear Universe, I remember when it all started, moving that turtle around on the screen in elementary school. I remember programming Basic on an Apple ][. I remember seeing Toy Story. I remember my Dad giving me an …

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Ansca’s Simplisitic Mobile-App Publisher Rises i...

This year alone has seen the creation of 6,000 Corona-based apps, including an upcoming game tie-in to Warner Brother’s Dolphin Tale. In the past, several reached iTunes’ and Android Market’s Top 10. The program’s popularity rests on two aspects, says Icaza, who quite Adobe with co-founder Walter Luh to start Ansca…

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