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"Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus"
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Summary: An example-filled, hands-on tutorial that introduces students, teachers, and professional users to programming with the TI-83+ and TI-84+ graphing calculators. This fun and easy-to-read book immediately immerses you in your first programs, and guides you concept-by-concept, example-by-example. You'll learn to think like a programmer as you use the TI-BASIC language to design and write your own utilities, games, and math programs.
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Begin: October 1, 2011
Completed: September 1, 2012
Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus Book
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Nearly every math student has a programmable computer in his or her backpack. The TI-83+, TI-83+ Silver Edition, TI 84+, and TI-84+ Silver Edition are more than just powerful graphing calculators: they're a great platform for learning to program and for creating your own math and science programs, practical utilities, and even games. The TI-BASIC language is built in, so you have everything you need to get started-even if you know absolutely nothing about computer programming.

Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus is an example-filled, hands-on tutorial that introduces students, teachers, and professional users to programming with the TI-83+ and TI-84+ graphing calculators. This fun and easy-to-read book immediately immerses you in your first programs, and guides you concept-by-concept, example-by-example. You'll learn to think like a programmer as you use the TI-BASIC language to design and write your own utilities, games, and math programs. You'll put each new concept into action immediately as you unlock the full potential of your calculator. Along the way, you'll discover tricks to customize, slim down, and speed up your programs, and to learn from the many free programs available on the web.

This book by Cemetech founder Christopher Mitchell is under development with Manning Publications. It will teach you to think like a programmer with concepts you can apply to any language, and introduces everything from basic programming skills to advanced concepts such as hybrid BASIC and ASM. You can sign up to read the chapters as they are completed at Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus's website; it is projected to be in stores by Fall 2012.

Important Links
Programming the TI-83 Plus/TI-84 Plus's official webpage, including sample chapter and source code.
Cemetech discussion forum for book feedback and programming help
Manning discussion forum for book feedback and programming help

Brief Table of Contents
Part 1: Getting started with programming
Chapter 1: Diving into calculator programming
Chapter 2: Communication: basic input and output
Chapter 3: Conditionals and Boolean logic
Chapter 4: Control structures
Chapter 5: Theory interlude: problem solving and debugging

Part 2: Becoming a TI-BASIC master
Chapter 6: Advanced input and events
Chapter 7: Pixels and the graphscreen
Chapter 8: Graphs, shapes, and points
Chapter 9: Manipulating numbers and data types

Part 3: Advanced concepts; what’s next
Chapter 10: Optimizing TI-BASIC programs
Chapter 11: Using hybrid TI-BASIC libraries
Chapter 12: Introducing z80 assembly
Chapter 13: Now what? Expanding your programming horizons

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