Young Programmers Podcast

  1. This Podcast Moves to YouTube2015/02/13
    Hi all. I have moved to YouTube:

    To this playlist, specifically:

    See you there.
  2. Introduction to Python Functions2013/07/19

    A look at how to, and why you should, use functions in your Python programs.
  3. A Simple Python Quiz Program, Part 32013/06/27

    We enhance the quiz program by reading the questions and answers from a file. Source code
  4. Tynker—Physics and Cloning2013/06/13

    Let’s look at two very nice features of Tynker. The physics feature allows you to have falling objects and accurate projectile motion, combined with adjustments for gravity, friction, density, gravity, and much more. Cloning lets you have multiple instances of actors (like Scratch sprites), without having to duplicate code.
  5. Simple Python Calculator using a Dictionary and Functions for Operators2013/06/03

    This lesson creates a simple calculator using a dictionary to look up functions for operators. The point is to practice more with dictionaries, and to learn about higher-order functions.

    Source code
  6. Kojo Wandering Turtles2012/02/18

    Showing how to create multiple turtles in Kojo, and make them wander around. Uses Scala features map and foreach.
  7. Using Python's Input Function with Numbers2012/01/14

    We show how to use Python's input function to get numbers, without the program breaking if something other than a number is entered.
  8. A Simple Python Quiz Program, Part 22011/11/12

    We respond to a viewer question and add features to limit the number of questions displayed, and to display the questions that were answered wrong.

  9. Demonstration of Audacity for Making Sound Effects2011/07/14

    How to make special sound effects using the free audio program Audacity . A small correction: I said that a 13-semitone change would move the pitch an octave, but it is actually 12. There are 12 different notes, and to move an octave you move 12 times to get back to the same note of the scale.
  10. Carter Sande Teaches Python Functions2011/07/05
    Carter Sande teaches how to use functions to a class at Diablo Valley College College for Kids. A couple of notes on this excellent presentation: At one point Carter says “brackets” when he means parentheses. And for style, I prefer spaces around operators, and whitespace around functions.

  11. Python Simple Text Adventure 32011/07/05
    We add a feature limiting the number of times an event can occur.

  12. Kojo (Scala) Random Polygon Drawing2011/05/28

    A demonstration of Kojo's repeat, forward, right, def, setPosition, and setAnimationDelay commands used to draw random polygons.
  13. Python Simple Text Adventure 22011/02/20

    Part Two. Using a package and classes, we move most of the game logic into a game "engine." Source code: .
  14. Python Simple Text Adventure2011/02/19

    Using tuples and a dictionary, places and transitions, create a simple text adventure game. Source code .
  15. A Simple Python Quiz Program2011/01/09

    Learn about lists, tuples, and shuffling lists, while writing a simple question and answer program. Source code . Video .
  16. Interviews With Professional Programmers, Part Six2010/10/22
    Hilary Mason of talks about her work and how she got started with computers.
  17. Wesley Chun on Python2010/10/10
    Googler, Python book author, and former College for Kids teacher Wesley Chun visits Dave Briccetti’s Python class by videoconferencing. He talks about learning Python and how it is used by Google.
  18. Randomness in Python Lesson by Carter Sande2010/06/24
    Carter Sande, young coauthor of the Python book Hello World! - Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners , visits Dave Briccetti’s Python programming class for grades 7–9 at Pleasant Hill, CA’s Diablo Valley College College for Kids program, and delivers a guest lecture on random numbers.

    In another brief video, Dave Briccetti interviews Carter .
  19. JavaFX Ship Landing Game from Peter Pilgrim2010/06/06
    While out to lunch one day at the Java Posse Roundup, Peter Pilgrim showed me his ship landing game written in JavaFX.

    (Sorry about the blurry parts.)
  20. Interviews With Game Developers2010/02/07
    Interviews about game development with Bay Area Video Game Development Meetup members at the January 19, 2010 meetup.
    Casey Holtz, group leader Turi Scandurra, Greg Damiano, Playdom Simon Amarasingham, dSonic Japheth Dillman,
  21. Interviews With Professional Programmers, Part Five2010/02/07
    Michael (Van) Van Riper, at a Silicon Valley Web Java User Group (see Joshua Bloch in the background) talks about programming.
  22. Invisible Player Escapes Maze, Pygame Version 12009/12/27
    Walkthrough of version 1 of the Invisible Player Escapes Maze game in Pygame.

    Source code
  23. Invisible Player Escapes Maze2009/12/25
    Escape the maze. You are invisible, and so are all the obstacles unless they are close to you. Illustrates use of the ghost effect, and broadcast.
  24. Growing Player Escapes Maze2009/12/24
    Escape the maze before you grow too big. Illustrates use of the timer, and “if touching color.” The Scratch project is here:
  25. Jython/Swing Game of Life Version 22009/12/24
    A very quick look at version 2 of our Jython implementation of Conway’s Game of Life. Source code
Young Programmers Podcast
A video podcast for computer programmers in grades 3 and up. We learn about Scratch, Tynker, Alice, Python, Pygame, and Scala, and interview interesting programmers. From professional software developer and teacher Dave Briccetti, and many special guests.