Coding with Minecraft

Build Taller, Farm Faster, Mine Deeper, and Automate the Boring Stuff

by Al Sweigart

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Book Description

You've mined for diamonds, crafted dozens of tools, and built all sorts of structures - but what if you could program robots to do all of that for you in a fraction of the time?

In Coding with Minecraft, you'll create a virtual robot army with Lua, a programming language used by professional game developers. Step-by-step coding projects will show you how to write programs that automatically dig mines, collect materials, craft items, and build anything that you can imagine. Along the way, you'll explore key computer science concepts like data types, functions, variables, and more.

Learn how to:
- Program robots that make smart decisions with flow control;
- Reuse code so that your robots can farm any crop you want, including wheat, sugar cane, and even cacti!;
- Program a factory that generates infinite building supplies;
- Design an algorithm for creating walls and buildings of any size;
- Code yourself a pickaxe-swinging robotic lumberjack!;
- Create a robot that digs mine shafts with stairs so you can explore safely.

Bonus activities in each chapter will help you take your coding skills to the next level. By the end of the book, you'll understand how powerful coding can be and have plenty of robots at your beck and call.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC-SA). Free download in PDF format is not available. You can read Coding with Minecraft book online for free.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
Getting Started with Minecraft and Computercraft
Chapter 2
Basic Lua Programming for Turtles
Chapter 3
Talking to Your Turtle
Chapter 4
Programming Turtles to Dance
Chapter 5
Making a Better Dancer
Chapter 6
Programming a Robo Lumberjack
Chapter 7
Creating Modules to Reuse Your Code
Chapter 8
Running an Automated Tree Farm
Chapter 9
Building a Cobblestone Generator
Chapter 10
Making a Stone Brick Factory
Chapter 11
Constructing Walls
Chapter 12
Constructing Rooms
Chapter 13
Constructing Floors
Chapter 14
Programming a Robotic Farm
Chapter 15
Programming a Staircase Miner
Appendix A
Function Reference
Appendix B
Name ID Reference

Book Details

Subject
Computer Science
Publisher
No Starch Press
Published
2018
Pages
256
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13 Digital
9781593278533
ISBN10 Digital
1593278535
License
CC BY-NC-SA

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