I am taking a hard look at squeak. I've installed Ubuntu linux on a second computer and am playing with squeak there. But it is available on all platforms.
This post is not a rationale about using squeak, what it can do or the philosophy behind it (later) but some notes about resources, where to look first, where to start etc.
One reason I'm doing this is that the documentation on the site is messy, not very well organised.
LOOK AND SEE (SNIFF PRINCIPLE)
Etoys and SimStories in Squeak by Alan Kay (simple interactive online demonstration)
Etoys are computer environments that help people learn ideas by building and playing around with them ... SimStories are longer versions of Etoys that string several ideas together to help the learner produce a deeper and more concerted project.
Video of squeak being used in the classroom in Spain. Extremadura is a rural region in the South West of Spain. Linux and Squeak are being used throughout the whole region by government policy.
SYSTEMATIC LEARNING BY DOING - EFFORTFUL STUDY
"You will have the most success if you go through these tutorials in this sequence: Paint, Handles, Make your own car"
Basic squeak development tools - systematically lists the tools that ought to be learnt first
A self-study course in squeak, could be a good place to start
Squeak for non native speakers - introductory booklet, 39pp, screenshots are version 2.7, so it might be a bit dated
Learning squeak step by step - introduction to squeak programming, for beginners
BASIC OVERVIEW / BROWSING AROUND FOR NEW ANGLES / OR IF STUCK CHECK THESE OUT
Squeak cookbook, this is mainly a list of recipes to do different things
The Newbie Page - patchy but some useful things for newbies like myself in there
BOOKS (I haven't bought any yet)
Conn and Rose. Powerful ideas in the Classroom. How to project book. Grades 3-8 ($15)
Ducasse. Squeak: Learn Programming with Robots ($28). There is a wiki, BotsInc devoted to this book which includes examples, screenshots and sample chapters.
The full list at Squeak books in print includes three other books, which are more expensive (39, 54, 57 dollars respectively). Of course, they might be better but I thought they were rather pricey.
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