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Getting kids interested in programming with Minecraft

Too many kids aren't interested in learning programming, and many existing programming resources can be difficult, dry, or at least uninspiring.


"Learn to Program with Minecraft Plugins" is a new book by Andy Hunt ( to try and engage avid Minecraft players and teach them the very basics of Java programming.


This hits couple of very necessary points (IMHO): the game environment is already familiar territory; Java is one of the most popular and commercially accepted programming languages today; modifying game play is relevant to their immediate interests, so there's a nice element of instant gratification to generate and maintain interest.


I'd like to see a lot more done to attract kids to software development.



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