SNHU Professors publish widely adopted computer programming text workbook

Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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SNHU Professors publish widely adopted computer programming text workbook

SNHU Computer Information Technology Professors Robert Seidman, Phil Funk, Jim Isaak (retired) and Lundy Lewis are the authors of a book published last month by Pearson Addison Wesley.

Fluency with Alice is a ‘workbook’ to accompany Snyder’s Fluency with Information Technology, 3e which is a top-selling textbook widely adopted for introductory computer and information technology courses - the kind of course taken by all first year university students. 
 
The USA adoption list includes well over 100 universities - a few of which are: Penn State; U of North Carolina; Columbia; U of Virginia; U of Illinois; U of Minnesota; U of Nebraska; U of Georgia; Rutgers U; U of Pittsburgh; U of Texas; U of Washington; UC San Diego; and of course, SNHU.
 
Fluency with Alice is much more than an typical ‘workbook.’ In fact, it is meant to take the place of four of Snyder’s chapters on computer programming with JavaScript that many professors don’t bother using because the language is too complicated for non-computer majors. By contrast, Alice is a visual 3D interactive virtual worlds programming language (http://alice.org/) and very easy to use.
Fluency with Alice has over 150 pictures & diagrams, 52 Flash video’s embedded in the text itself, and 26 author-produced Alice program files for downloading. See: http://wps.aw.com/aw_snyder_fluency_3/79/20307/5198635.cw/index.html
The next version of Alice scheduled for late 2009 will incorporate The Sims characters. The Sims is one of the most popular computer simulation games of all time and Pearson Addison Wesley is already considering a 2009-10 edition of Fluency with Alice  that incorporates The Sims characters.

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