Publishing giant Usborne has been in the computer book business for decades, and its work is the entry point for an undisclosed number of coders into the industry. As with all things in a tech-dominated industry, these books are perfect for their era, but the overall aesthetic of these things is nostalgic catnip for people of a certain age. If you’re the kind of person who sits in front of Spectrum and spends half a day scribbling code, the gaudy thrill of Computer Spacegames illustrations will never fade.
wide range, Available for free on its website. It’s rather charmingly suggested that “these programs don’t run on modern computers”, although the books cover more than just coding, and of course if you have a BBC Micro or Commodore 64 in the attic then it’s rock time.
The books are apparently no longer in print, so it’s fair for publishers to keep them available and free.Of course, Usborne does evolve with the times, and if you want to sow nostalgia in the next generation, there are A collection of contemporary books that teach kids some coding skills.