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Learn to build your own virtual worlds with Minecraft: Pi Edition, the only version that actively encourages you to hack and make with Minecraft.
R89.90  Inc VAT
The second book in the The MagPi Essentials range, Experiment with the Sense HAT introduces you to one of the most powerful add-on boards ever made for the Raspberry Pi.
R109.90  Inc VAT
Make Games with Python, the 2nd book in The MagPi Essentials range, is designed to help you learn the coding skills you need to create amazing games and applications on your Raspberry Pi.
R79.90  Inc VAT
Learn to code on your Raspberry Pi with the world’s leading visual programming language and the team behind the official Raspberry Pi magazine.
R109.90  Inc VAT
Conquer The Command Line, the first book in The MagPi Essentials range, is designed to help you learn to love the command line on the Raspberry Pi and other Linux computers.
R79.90  Inc VAT
Learn to code musical masterpieces with the creator of Sonic Pi.
R75.20  Inc VAT
The Official Raspberry Pi Beginner’s Guide 2nd edition including Pi 4 updates (book RPi beginners 2nd edition)

This 244-page official Raspberry Pi book is crammed with projects and beginner’s guides containing all the information you need to get started using your new computer!

Learn how to set up the Raspberry Pi, install an operating system, and start using it. Follow step-by-step guides to code your own animations and games, using both the Scratch and Python languages. Create amazing projects by connecting electronic components to the Pi’s GPIO pins. Plus much, much more!

244 pages of essential information:

  • Set up your Raspberry Pi for the first time
  • Learn to code using Scratch and Python
  • Control electronics: LEDs, buttons, and sensors
  • Add a camera to shoot photos and videos
  • Creating awe-inspiring projects
  • Specifically designed for beginners

R149.90  Inc VAT
The MagPi Hacking and Making in Minecraft (Book minecraft)

Learn to build your own virtual worlds with Minecraft: Pi Edition, the only version that actively encourages you to hack and make with Minecraft…

Minecraft is the biggest game on the planet with more than 30 million copies sold across numerous hardware platforms. Not bad for a sandbox that doesn’t really have a point. The version of Minecraft available for Raspberry Pi is different. Firstly it’s entirely free and secondly it comes with a powerful API, which allows you to hack and make entire virtual worlds with a few simple lines of code.

In this book you’ll learn how to do some amazing things, including controlling things in the real world using the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins, make your own mini games and just about anything else you can imagine.

Learn to hack and make with Minecraft through 13 chapters:

  • Play the game and write your first program
  • Learn how to control blocks using the API
  • Create your first mini games
  • Use the GPIO with the Python API
  • Control Minecraft with Node-RED and Sonic Pi
  • and much, much more!
Learn to build your own virtual worlds with Minecraft: Pi Edition, the only version that actively encourages you to hack and make with Minecraft.
R89.90  Inc VAT
The MagPi Experiment with the Sense HAT (book sense hat)
The second book in the The MagPi Essentials range, Experiment with the Sense HAT introduces you to one of the most powerful add-on boards ever made for the Raspberry Pi…

What is the Sense HAT? Why is it in space? Learn about its amazing sensor-suite, its incredible mission aboard the ISS with Astro Pi, and build five fun and educational projects to help you sense the world around you.

Master essential world-sensing skills across 10 chapters:

  • What is the Sense HAT?
  • How does the Astro Pi mission work?
  • Master the Sense HAT’s capabilities
  • Build a fun gravity simulator
  • Make a digital Magic 8 Ball
  • Create an interactive pixel pet
  • Build a reactions testing game
  • Make a powerful data logger
The second book in the The MagPi Essentials range, Experiment with the Sense HAT introduces you to one of the most powerful add-on boards ever made for the Raspberry Pi.
R109.90  Inc VAT
The MagPi Make Games with Python (book python games)

Make Games with Python, the 2nd book in The MagPi Essentials range, is designed to help you learn the coding skills you need to create amazing games and applications on your Raspberry Pi.

While countless millions of us like nothing more than spending hours racking up high scores on our favourite games, too few of us are exposed to an even more gratifying way to spend the evening – making them.

Master essential game-making skills across 10 chapters:

  • Creating shapes and paths
  • Movement and animation
  • Using the keyboard & mouse
  • Adding sound and music
  • Simulating physics and forces
  • Building classes for actors
  • Creating your own shoot-em ‘up
Make Games with Python, the 2nd book in The MagPi Essentials range, is designed to help you learn the coding skills you need to create amazing games and applications on your Raspberry Pi.
R79.90  Inc VAT
The MagPi Learn to Code with Scratch (book code scratch)

Learn to code on your Raspberry Pi with the world’s leading visual programming language and the team behind the official Raspberry Pi magazine…

Created by the boffins at MIT, Scratch enables children and adults without any prior knowledge to start programming within minutes. In this book, we’ll help you get started and guide you step-by-step through the process of creating all sorts of projects: games, animations, quizzes, electronics circuits, and more. With our help we think you’ll find that Scratch isn’t just a great way to learn to code, but lots of fun too!

Learn to programme on your Raspberry Pi through 13 jam-packed chapters:

  • Mast the different block types
  • Create animations & add interactive elements
  • Build your first games and applications
  • Make and control electronic circuits
  • Understand every block
  • and much, much more!
Learn to code on your Raspberry Pi with the world’s leading visual programming language and the team behind the official Raspberry Pi magazine.
R109.90  Inc VAT
Cambridge University Press - Coding Club Python Next Steps Level 2 (Python Next Steps Level 2)

Books at this level are intended for young coders that have enjoyed level 1 books and want to continue their coding adventure at a slightly higher level.

Python Next Steps continues the Python journey. Readers learn more about this fantastic programming language while building several useful, short applications including their own calculator. Several spare buttons will be built so that young coders can attach their own functions making this a truly programmable calculator!

Chapter 1

Ch.1 - Data types:
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> Learn about data types.
   >>> Learn about tuples, lists and dictionaries.
   >>> Make a version of MyMagic8Ball that is much shorter to code than the one from Python Basics.

PythonNextSteps-Ch1.pdf

Chapter 2

Ch.2 - Building GUIs:
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> Practise using tuples and dictionaries.
   >>> Review using tkinter and learn about some more widgets.
   >>> Build a GUI.
   >>> Build a glossary application that can easily be customised into a number of other simple cool apps too.

Chapter 3

Ch.3 - Designing a Simple Calculator:
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> Learn about 'for loops'.
   >>> Use lists and loops to save a lot of repetitive coding.
   >>> Learn more about the tkinter button widget.
   >>> Design your own calculator application called MyCalculator.
   >>> Build a complex GUI easily.

Chapter 4

Ch.4 - A Fully Working Calculator:
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> Learn how to use default values in functions creatively.
   >>> Learn about debugging.
   >>> Learn about catching and handling errors.
   >>> Delve deeper into binary numbers.
   >>> Produce a fully working calculator.

Chapter 5

Ch.5 - Customising the Calculator:
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> Layout a customisable calculator.
   >>> Create some fully functioning constant buttons.
   >>> Start a module to hold the functions for our programmable buttons.
   >>> Learn a little more about how to organise code in applications.

Bonus Chapter

Bonus Chapter - Algorithms:
In this Chapter you are going to:



   >>> Add code to the programmable buttons.
   >>> Learn about algorithms.
   >>> Learn about factorials.
   >>> Learn how to convert numbers to roman numerals.
   >>> Make a fully programmable calculator with some unique functions including its own customisable game.

R190.00  Inc VAT
Cambridge University Press - Coding Club Python Building Big Apps Level 3 (Python Big Apps Level 3)

Answers and full source code are on the resources page.

Books at level 3 are intended for young coders that are starting to want to build more involved applications. The first book at this level is Python: Building Big Apps. It introduces Object Oriented Programming (OOP) so that readers become familiar with classes and objects which are extensively used in game programming.

The book does not set out to teach perfect OOP but instead simply aims to introduce some of the concepts and to recommend that building classes allows students to organise their code in big projects in a logical and manageable way.

While learning more theory, readers will build a number of small projects ending with a big project - MyPong. The final chapter will show how building MyPong carefully allows us to quickly and easily build a BreakOut style game, an Invaders game and many more.



Chapter 1

Ch.1 - Can you guess my password?
In this Chapter you are going to revise:

   >>> variables
   >>> if, elif and else
   >>> functions
   >>> while loops
   >>> modules.

Chapter 2

Ch.2 - Objects, classes and factories
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> learn how to design classes
   >>> learn how to make objects from classes
   >>> start to build your own module
   >>> learn how to build larger programs one bit at a time.


PythonBuildingBigApps-Ch2.pdf


The MyPong Project:

Chapter 3

Ch.3 - Creating the Table
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> design a table class
   >>> learn a bit more about the tkinter module
   >>> build a simple graphical app.

Chapter 4

Ch.4 - Making the Ball
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> design a ball class
   >>> learn how to add the ball to the table
   >>> learn how to animate shapes in tkinter.

Chapter 5

Ch.5 - Building the Bats
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> design a bat class
   >>> learn how to add the bats to the table
   >>> learn how objects communicate with each other.

Chapter 6

Ch.6 - The Rules and Scoring
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> stop the ball bouncing off the left and right walls
   >>> add a scoring system to your game
   >>> finish MyPong.



Two new Games:

Bonus Chapter

Bonus Chapter - Two more games
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> see how useful lists are for storing objects in games
   >>> see how to add many bricks at once using a loop
   >>> see how flexible your ball, bat and table classes are
   >>> produce two new games that can be further customised.

R190.00  Inc VAT
Cambridge University Press - Coding Club Python Programming Art Supplement 1 (Python Prog Art Suppl 1)

Answers and full source code are found in the resources page.

Python: Programming Art provides more material at level 1 for those readers who are enjoying their coding at this level but are not quite ready to move on to the next level.

In this book you learn how to use Python's popular turtle module to draw some fantastic art really quickly and in the second half of the book build an awesome art app that is not a paint program or a drawing app but something quite unique and different.

More importantly, by the end of the book, you should be able to write your own short programs and be able to fully customise your art apps into a new app that is truly your own.



Chapter 1

Ch.1 - Introducing turtle
In this Chapter you will learn how to:

   >>> import the turtle module
   >>> make your turtle move around in all directions
   >>> change what the turtle looks like.




PythonProgrammingArt-Ch1.pdf


Chapter 2

Ch.2 - Shapes, colour and repetition
In this Chapter you will learn how to:

   >>> draw circles, squares and polygons
   >>> change the colour of your lines
   >>> fill your shapes with colour
   >>> make Python do more with less code.

Chapter 3

Ch.3 - Getting creative
In this Chapter you will learn how to:

   >>> change the colour of the turtle, the background and the pen
   >>> fill shapes with colour
   >>> change the speed of the turtle
   >>> organise your code so that it is easy to experiment with.



Building an art app:

Chapter 4

Ch.4 - From small beginnings
In this Chapter you will learn how to:

   >>> add background images to tkinter projects
   >>> write some more functions
   >>> call functions with key presses on your keyboard.

Chapter 5

Ch.5 - Red lines are not enough
In this Chapter you will learn how to:

   >>> change the line colour
   >>> change the line thickness
   >>> attach functions to buttons instead of key presses
   >>> adjust the size of buttons.

Chapter 6

Ch.6 - Stamping and painting
In this Chapter you will learn how to:

   >>> organise buttons into frames
   >>> make a function to add an image to your canvas
   >>> attach functions to mouse movements.

R170.00  Inc VAT
Cambridge University Press - Black Flag: A Coding Club Mission (book black flag)

Welcome to Black Flag: A Coding Club Mission

In Marshall Trent’s Reunited Kingdom every citizen of New Edgehill has a neurochip implanted within them that links directly to the Neuralnet.

The Neuralnet sees and records every thought, movement and microscopic detail of every life in New Edgehill. Absolute control!

Cal Jones believes he is no different from everyone else. That is until he saves the life of Sasha and learns that everything that he thought was true is in fact a lie. He discovers an underground group, the Anarchists, living outside of the Neuralnet and harbouring a secret which will change his life forever.


Read the Book

Matt Langley has written a fantastic, imaginative and exciting novel for the Coding Club series. You can even read the first Chapter now: http://codingclub.co.uk/uploaded_pdfs/BlackFlag_sample.pdf

More info at http://codingclub.co.uk/black_flag.php

Join Danni as you train as an Anarchist


This is a Coding Club mission. This means that you can get far more involved in this book than any other you have read before – should you wish to. To register for free, all you need to do is enter an activation code and fill in a short form. Unfortunately we cannot just leave activation codes in plain view. You will have to visit the Black Flag website and think like a true hacker – ignore the visuals and dig into the code!

I will guide you throughout your training as an Anarchist agent. You will solve many of the assignments that Cal, Sasha and I face in our struggle. Do not worry if you are still a novice programmer, there is lots of guidance and hints along the way.

All the preparation that is necessary is that you have worked through Coding Club: Python Basics. Alternatively you should be fine if you have learnt a little Python 3 some other way. You simply need to have a grasp of how to write variables and functions, perform simple maths operations and manipulate strings. You should also know how to save and load files in IDLE.

It is not going to be easy, but trying to save the World never is!

R190.00  Inc VAT
Cambridge University Press - Python: Interactive Adventures supplement 2 (book Python Interactive Adventures)

This is the Python: Interactive Adventures home page. Answers and full source code are found in the resources page.

Python: Interactive Adventures is the latest book to be added to the series and provides more material at level 2 for programmers at this level. It is written as an alternative and extension to Python: Next Steps. The material introduced at this level is very powerful and enables young programmers to produce a whole variety of exciting Apps but many students will want to consolidate by studying both level 2 books before moving on. While both books introduce tuples, lists and dictionaries Next Steps also delves into building and designing sophisticated GUIs. Interactive Adventures, on the other hand, explores how to go about breaking longer programs into manageable tasks which are easier to approach or share among a group of friends.

In the first part of this book you write a card trick script, create a small e-book reader and an app to help you encrypt and and decode messages. The big project involves building an interactive story based app that you can then customise with your own images, story and puzzles. The bonus app provides a short interactive mystery story, with a heap of special effects you can explore and add to your own apps.

Chapter 1

Ch.1 - Data types
In this Chapter you will:

   >>> learn about data types
   >>> learn about tuples, lists and dictionaries
   >>> make a 'magic' card trick app
.

PythonInteractiveAdventures-Ch1.pdf

Chapter 2

Ch.2 - The Caesar machine
In this Chapter you will learn how to:

   >>> do modulus addition
   >>> manipulate strings
   >>> use for loops
   >>> develop a simple algorithm
   >>> turn an algorithm into Python code.

Chapter 3

Ch.3 - A simple ebook reader
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> learn more about loops
   >>> learn more about tkinter widgets
   >>> learn how to import text files into your applications
   >>> build a simple GUI to control your ebook reader.

Chapter 4

Ch.4 - An old-school adventure
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> make your own infinite loop
   >>> learn more about dictionaries, lists and tuples
   >>> create a simple map for an adventure story
   >>> learn how to make a simple text-based menu.

Chapter 5

Ch.5 - Writing a story
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> learn even more about dictionaries, lists and tuples
   >>> consider how to program an interactive adventure
   >>> add a story to your game
   >>> create a map for an adventure story.

Chapter 6

Ch.6 - An adventure game console
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> build a GUI for your game
   >>> learn more about arranging tkinter widgets in frames.

Chapter 7

Ch 7 - A mysterious mystery
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> add the story to the GUI
   >>> think about how to divide up tasks.


R190.00  Inc VAT
Code Club Book of Scratch - Volume 1 (book code club scratch V1)



The first ever Code Club book is here! With it, 
you'll learn how to code using Scratch, the block-based programming language. In each chapter you’ll find instructions to build cool games, animations, and interactive stories. Your friendly robot guide will aid you step-by-step through each project and give you handy tips along the way.


• Learn to code using Scratch, the block-based language
• Follow step-by-step guides to create games and animations
• Use the magic glasses to reveal secret hints
• The spiral binding allows the book to lay flat 
• Includes 24 exclusive Code Club stickers!


R189.90  Inc VAT
The official Raspberry Pi Projects Book - Volume 4 (2019) (book projects book V4)



The Raspberry Pi is loved the world over by educators and makers thanks to it’s tiny size and endless possibilities. Find out why it's loved and how to use it with the latest official Projects Book - we’ve managed to stuff the fourth edition with another 200 pages of inspiring projects, practical tutorials, and definitive reviews.

  • Suitable for beginners and veterans
  • Get involved with the amazing Raspberry Pi community
  • Be inspired by incredible projects made by other people
  • Learn how to make with your Raspberry Pi with our help
  • Find out about the top kits and accessories for your Pi projects
  • And much, much more

R109.90  Inc VAT
The MagPi Learn to Code with C (book Code with C)

Learn to program with the world’s most popular language using your Raspberry Pi.

The C programming language been used to program everything from the tiny microcontrollers used in watches and toasters up to huge software systems – most of Linux (and Raspbian itself) is written in it. Learn to code with C on your Raspberry Pi across 13 packed chapters:

  • Create variables & do arithmetic
  • Control the flow of your C programs
  • For loops and case statements
  • Understand and create functions
  • Work with arrays and strings
  • Interpreting user input
  • and much more
R109.90  Inc VAT
The MagPi Simple Electronics with GPIO Zero (book simple electronics)

Create stunning electronics projects with your Raspberry Pi using our 100 page GPIO Zero Essentials guide.

Using the GPIO pins on your Raspberry Pi opens up a whole new world of possibilities. While it might seem daunting at first glance, with our help you’ll be creating electronic circuits and controlling them with the Python programming language within minutes. Grab your breadboard and start taking control of the real world with your Raspberry Pi today!

Learn from simple electronics projects across 12 chapters:

  • Program LED lights
  • Add a push button to your project
  • Build a motion sensing alarm
  • Create your own distance rangefinder
  • Make a laser-powered tripwire
  • Build a Raspberry Pi robot
  • and much more
R86.90  Inc VAT
The MagPi Camera Module Guide (book camera guide)

The Camera Module is one of the most popular add-ons for the Raspberry Pi and turns your favourite credit card-sized computer into a powerful digital camera. Take pictures and capture video on your Raspberry Pi with the command line and code across 14 packed chapters:

  • Precise camera control
  • Time-lapse photography
  • Control the camera with Python
  • Build a spy camera
  • Live-stream video and stills
  • Set up a security camera
  • and much more!
R79.90  Inc VAT
HackSpace magazine Book of Making - Volume 1 (2019) (book of making)



We've gathered up our favourite maker projects from the first year of HackSpace magazine in one place the Book of Making volume one. It's 184 pages of hands-on guides, tips, tricks, and inspiration.


We show you how to build a tandoor, create your own drone, target your enemies with a face-tracking water gun, and much more. Whether you've got an hour to build something or you're looking for a weekend project, we've got a range of maker projects to choose from.

• Step into the wonderful world of making
• Be inspired by amazing projects from makerspace communities around the world
• Make your own creations with step-by-step guides
• Perfect projects for an hour, an afternoon, or weekend


R109.90  Inc VAT
Wearable Tech Projects (2019) (book wearable projects)

We’ve gathered up the best bits of wearable technology from the first two years of HackSpace magazine for this amazing book. Its 164 pages are packed with step-by-step tutorials and inspirational projects to help you add a unique look to your wardrobe!


Ditch the circuit board, step away from the computer: it’s time to use your tech skills to make your clothes electronic. You’ll find projects for sewing, 3D printing, laser cutting and programming, so whatever medium you choose, you’ll find inspiration and help getting started. 



• Get started with electronics and programming
• Sew your own circuits with wearable components
• Stand out from the crowd with light-up clothes
• Make replica sci-fi accessories


R159.90  Inc VAT
The MagPi Conquer the Command Line – 2nd Edition (book command line)

Fully updated for 2019 and featuring four extra chapters, Conquer The Command Line will help you learn to love the command line on the Raspberry Pi and other Linux computers…

For getting instructions from user to computer – in a clear, quick and unambiguous form – the command line is often the best way. Now – thanks to Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi – a new generation are discovering the power of the command line to simplify complex tasks, or instantly carry out simple ones.

Master essential skills across 14 chapters:

  • Find & install software
  • Manage removable storage
  • Use Secure Shell for remote access
  • Customise the command line
  • Protect your data with backups
  • Build software from source code
  • and much, much more.
Conquer The Command Line, the first book in The MagPi Essentials range, is designed to help you learn to love the command line on the Raspberry Pi and other Linux computers.
R79.90  Inc VAT
Code Music With Sonic Pi (book sonic pi)

Sam Aaron, the creator of Sonic Pi, has written this book to complement the software’s built-in tutorial and to help you jump-start your live-coding career. The book is packed with fun, instantly rewarding examples designed to highlight many of the amazing things Sonic Pi enables you to do. By the time you’ve finished you’ll be able to code up some phat bass, sparkling synth leads and start practicing for your first live-coding gig…

Live code and craft amazing sounds across 10 chapters, including:

  • Master live loops
  • Build drum breaks
  • Compose your own melodies
  • Make random riffs and loops
  • Learn to shape and sculpt sounds
  • and much, much more…
Learn to code musical masterpieces with the creator of Sonic Pi.
R75.20  Inc VAT
Cambridge University Press - Coding Club Python Basics Level 1 (Python Basics Level 1)

The programming language Python 3 is used to introduce the principles of programming. In this book you learn how to write simple programs that include My8Ball, a number guessing game and a small graphical application called MyEtchASketch.

More importantly, by the end of the book, you should be able to write your own short programs and be able to fully customise both the look and how the various programs you have made to your own liking.

Chapter 1

Ch.1 - Python, IDLE & Your First Program:
In this Chapter you are going to:

   >>> Meet the programming language you are going to learn about.
   >>> Meet IDLE which will help organise and run your code easily.
   >>> Check that your computer is set up correctly.
   >>> Write and run your first program.

Chapter1.pdf

Chapter 2

Ch.2 - Some text, some maths & going loopy:
In this Chapter you will be able to:

   >>> Learn how to do some more with texts.
   >>> Get Python to do some maths for you.
   >>> Learn about how loops work.
   >>> Learn lots of useful operators.

Chapter 3

Ch.3 - Readable code and My8Ball Game:
In this Chapter you will be able to:

   >>> Write and save a Python file using Script Mode.
   >>> Learn how to write clear readable code.
   >>> Run a Python file.
   >>> Learn about how to get user input.
   >>> Learn about if and else clauses.
   >>> Write a short game called MyMagic8Ball.


Here is a movie of this chapter's project: my8ball.py

Chapter 4

Ch.4 - Functions:
In this Chapter you will be able to:

   >>> Learn about functions .
   >>> Write your own functions.
   >>> Create a number guessing game.



Here is a movie of this chapter's project: myNumber.py

Chapter 5

Ch.5 - MyEtchASketch:
In this Chapter you will be able to:

   >>> Learn how to use the tkinter library.
   >>> Make your own Etch A Sketch game.
   >>> Learn how to put an application in its own window.
   >>> Learn how to attach functions to keyboard presses.



Here is a movie of this chapter's project: myEtchaSketch.py
Here is a movie of a two player version: ourEtchaSketch.py

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