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Programming with Alice Course

6hrs (65 Lessons) 2010-05-14

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Alice is a 3-D programming language that makes it easy to create an animation for creating applications, telling a story, or playing an interactive game. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience. This course by Arthur Lee assumes no prior programming background and uses a building block approach beginning with simple Alice features and examples while gradually introducing more complex features. Sample programs are provided to be referenced by the user to enhance their learning experience. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Hello and welcome to Virtual Training Company's Programming in Alice tutorial. I will talk more specifically about the Alice programming language in a moment but first let me introduce myself. My name is Arthur Lee. I have over 25 years of programming and teaching experience. I have authored previous tutorials in Visual Basic 6, Visual Basic 2005 and C++. Most recently I authored the Visual Basic 2008 software tutorial. Alice was developed at Carnegie Mellon University and it is available free to download. It is an easy and fun way to learn programming but it also develops real programming skills. Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story or playing an interactive game or even a video to share on the Internet. Alice is a freely available tool designed to be a person's first exposure to Object-Oriented Programming. It allows people to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3D objects such as people, animals, vehicles, other very ordinary objects, populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate those objects. In Alice's interactive interface, students grab and drop graphic tiles to create a program where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a procedural oriented programming language such as Java or C++ or C#. Alice allows you to immediately see how animated programs run, it enables you to easily understand the relationship between programming statements and the behavior of objects in their animation. By manipulating the objects in their virtual world you will gain an experience with all the programming constructs typically taught and learned in an introductory programming course. It allows for creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills and Alice is used in all levels of education including many prestigious universities. In this tutorial you will learn how to create programs in Alice. These programs are referred to as Worlds, or an Alice World. You'll learn coding techniques and tips and, of course, you'll need to learn how to debug your programs because inevitably there will be situations that will need correcting and you also will be learning the principles of Object-Oriented Programming, or OOP which is the cornerstone of modern day programming in languages such as Java. So as we begin this journey in Alice I hope you will learn the ins and outs of Alice in a way that is not only useful but also fun.  

  • Course: Programming with Alice
  • Author: Arthur Lee
  • SKU: 34107
  • ISBN: 1-936334-15-1
  • Work Files: Yes
  • Captions: No
  • Subject: Programming
  • The first 3 chapters of courses are available to play for FREE (first chapter only for QuickStart! and MasterClass! courses). Just click on the movie link to play a lesson.
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Introduction

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Getting Started with Alice
Launching Alice (05:41)

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Variables in Alice

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