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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

R for Kids

I have been saying for years that someone should write an R for Kids book. No one has. I do not know why. Books on other software languages write for kids how been very successful. Python for Kids is number #8 python book title on Amazon. Only two Minecraft books sell better in the children software category. I do not believe that the majority of people who buy Python for Kids are kids or are even bought for kids. I think a lot of buyers are adults looking for a gentle introduction to a software language. Similar in concept to the "_______ for Dummies" series of books just less in your face about it.

It also steams me a little that Python has a book for kids but not R. R is a much larger community than Python. R has more users than Python. Not that I would ever enter in the R vs Python discussion, but R is just plain cooler than Python.

So I have never written a book. I have never done an online video, but I can not take it anymore. This void has to be filled. If JD Long (my first choice because of R in the voice of Dr Suess) or Hadley Wickham ( my second choice because well he is Hadley) won't step up to the plate I will. It may be a little rough at first, but I hope you will all bear with me and contribute any content that you feel is relavent. I will add a github for this as well as soon as it get going and I will post the link here as well.

Wish me luck and code with your kid.

Kirk

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