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Kodu for Kids: The Official Guide to Creating Your Own Video Games by James F. Kelly

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A. The Kodu Developers

Stephen Coy

When we first began the Kodu project, we were looking for a fun project that would do some good for people. We had just finished working on Windows Vista and were brainstorming ideas for a research project. One of the issues we discussed was the declining rate of enrollment in computer science degree programs. At the time, enrollment had been in decline for almost a decade. Working for Microsoft, this is a concern. Our business depends on being able to hire talented programmers. So we thought back to the experiences that had led each of us to a career in programming.

I did my first programming in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At the time, when you turned on a computer, it generally went “beep” and displayed ...

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