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Kid Programmers Authors: Yakov Fain, Charles Jolley, Liz McMillan, Maureen O'Gara

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Mixed Feelings and Java for Kids

Nine years ago I’ve written an e-book “Programming in Java for kids, parents, and grandparents“. If was a self-published book, which I offered for downloads free of charge. A year later fellow software developers from France translated it to French. Last year, a group of developers from Eastern Europe translated it to Russian language. All these versions are available for free, and I’m really glad that non-programmers of all ages can start learning this widely-used programming language without the need to have any serious background in programming.

Today, I got a message that my book is pretty popular among Russian-speaking people. The Russian translation of my eBook is #2 with 13667 downloads from this site, and the original English version is #13 in this bestellers list.


Only Herbert Schild is ahead of me at this point. Yay, time to celebrate! But there is a bitter taste in my mouth. The reason being that this statistics was taken from the torrent site rutracker – the main site for downloading of illegal content. I’m really glad to find myself among a very respectful group of Java authors, but most likely my book is the only one in this list that’s offered without violations of the copyright.

There was this joke that “Mixed Feelings is when your mother-in-law gets into a serious car accident while driving your new Mercedes”. It seems that I can offer a new definition of what the Mixed Feelings mean…

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Yakov Fain is a Java Champion and a co-founder of the IT consultancy Farata Systems and the product company SuranceBay. He wrote a thousand blogs (http://yakovfain.com) and several books about software development. Yakov authored and co-authored such books as "Angular 2 Development with TypeScript", "Java 24-Hour Trainer", and "Enterprise Web Development". His Twitter tag is @yfain