OT: learner kits (was: Re: using new technology on old machines)

Christian Gauger-Cosgrove captainkirk359 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 2 03:33:37 CST 1970

On 19 June 2015 at 22:38, William Donzelli <wdonzelli at gmail.com> wrote:
> Let him play Minecraft. Start with simple redstone contraptions, then
> move to command blocks.
I'm not ashamed to admit I (24 y/o) play Minecraft now and again (with
friends on their own private servers). I'd suggest anyone serious
about trying to get someone "into" logic and programming with
Minecraft use a good tech modpack like the Direwolf20 modpack (part of
the Feed the Beast launcher). It has Immibis' RedLogic, which is
redstone wiring and logic gates; as well as dan200's ComputerCraft
which gives you a Lua programmable computer (and peripherals) that can
do all sorts of neat things.

Eloraam's RedPower 2 had a *very* nice 6502 system (yes, really) that
ran FORTH (though you could have your own asm in game as well, but
you'd need to find a way to import it); it also is the "original"
redstone wires and logic gates mod. But it stopped being worked on
back in 2012. Which is really too bad as the 6502 with Forth was very
neat (it was also graphically styled after a PDP-8/e).

Anyway, sorry for the Minecraft "crap" if anyone here doesn't like it,
just wanted to pitch in my two cents.

Christian M. Gauger-Cosgrove
Contact information available upon request.

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