Back in the 1980’s home computers were a new and exciting thing, and with these machines came very technical manuals. But us young children wanted to program, and thankfully companies like Usborne filled the gap by providing programming books geared towards kids! It was a golden age as every machine had a basic interpreter. Then for some reason software companies (Microsoft/IBM) didn’t think it was a good thing anymore bundling in languages with their OS’s, or worse thinking that development tools should be a source of revenue and pricing amateurs out of the market (seriously SCO, $5000 for a C compiler?) But now thanks to the common carrier network we all have (the internet) the rise of open and free software hackers have taken things into their hands, and we are back to empowering users.
So I thought it was interesting that Usborne opened up a bunch of it’s older books. All available in PDF, free for personal use.
First computer library
Introductions to programming
- Programming Tricks and Skills
- Machine code for beginners
- Computer programming
- Practical things to do with a microcomputer
- Computer Spy Games
- Weird Computer Games
- Creepy Computer Games
- Computer Battle Games
- Computer Space Games
- The mystery of Silver Mountain
- Island of Secrets
- Write your own fantasy games
- Write your own adventure programs
You can see their page with full details here.