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Minecraft Modding with Forge: Pre-release of a New O’Reilly Book

Would you like to learn Minecraft Modding in a simple and easy-to-understand language?
Don’t have any technical background or previous programming experience?
Never programmed in Java?

This new O’Reilly book on Minecraft Modding with Forge is targeted at parents and kids who would like to learn how to mod the game of Minecraft. It can be read by parents or kids independently, and is more fun when they read it together. No prior programming experience is required however some familiarity with software installation would be very helpful.


Release Date: May 2015 (hopefully sooner)
Language: English
Pages: 200
Print ISBN: 978-1-4919-1889-0| ISBN 10:1-4919-1889-6
Early Release Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4919-1882-1| ISBN 10:1-4919-1882-9

It uses Minecraft Forge and shows how to build 26 mods. Here is the complete Table of Content:

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Block Break Message
Chapter 3 Fun with Explosions
Chapter 4 Entities
Chapter 5 Movement
Chapter 6 New Commands
Chapter 7 New Block
Chapter 8 New Item
Chapter 9 Recipes and Textures
Chapter 10 Sharing Mods
Appendix A What is Minecraft?
Appendix B List of Forge Classes and Methods
Appendix C Eclipse Shortcuts and Correct Imports
Appendix D Downloading the Source Code from GitHub
Appendix E Devoxx4Kids

Each chapter also share several ideas on what readers can try.

Game of Minecraft is commonly associated with “addiction”. This book hopes to leverage the passionate kids and teach them how to do Minecraft Modding, and in the process teach them some fundamental Java concepts. They also pick up basic Eclipse skills as well.

It has been an extremely joyful and rewarding experience to co-author the book with my 12-year old son. Many thanks to O’Reilly for providing this opportunity of a lifetime experience to us.

The book is available in pre-released and can be purchased from shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920036562.do. Any pre-release buyers will get a final copy of the book as well.

Scan the QR code to get the URL on your favorite device.


Happy modding and looking forward to your feedback!

Getting Started with IntelliJ IDEA by PacktPub Book Review

Language : English
Paperback : 114 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : October 2013
ISBN : 1849699615
ISBN 13 : 9781849699617
Author(s) : Hudson Orsine Assumpção

The book shows IntelliJ IDEA 12 features and capabilities for web and desktop development. It also provide general tips to help improve development speed. Readers would need MySQL 5.5, Apache Tomcat 7, and JDK 7 for building applications.

Here is the Table of Contents:

Chapter 1: Getting Started with IntelliJ IDEA 12
Chapter 2: Improving Your Development Speed
Chapter 3: Working with Databases
Chapter 4: Web Development
Chapter 5: Desktop Development

It starts with basic navigation of source code and covers smart code completion, code analysis, advanced refactoring, navigation and search, live templates, and many other features that boosts your productivity. It also shows how to organize the activities necessary to do work such as task and context management and TODO marking.

A complete application development experience require a database and web and desktop application development. The book explains how IntelliJ work with databases, such as generating tables, managing the data, and even creating ORM entities for JPA or Hibernate. The web application created in the book uses JavaServer Faces with Primefaces toolkit, Spring, and SOAP web services and deploys on Tomcat 7. In agile methodology and TDD spirit this chapter also shows how to create and run tests using JUnit. Desktop application is covered using AWT and SWT.

Even though IntelliJ IDEA 13 is already out, this book gives a good introduction for beginners. It may provide some tips for expert users as well.

You can purchase the book from here and send feedback to feedback@packtpub.com.