Author Archives | Bryson Payne

About Bryson Payne

Author of Teach Your Kids to Code, Speaker, and Professor of Computer Science at the University of North Georgia.

Teach Your Kids to Code debuts at #1 spot on Amazon

May 4, 2015


Amazon Debut

Teach Your Kids to Code debuted at the #1 spot in Children’s Programming Books on Amazon this past week, and as a #1 Hot New Release in both Python and in Beginner’s Programming Books! I owe a sincere debt of gratitude to everyone who pre-ordered Teach Your Kids to Code and to those who purchased it on […]

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Teach Your Kids to Code has arrived!

April 23, 2015


Book cover for Teach Your Kids to Code by Bryson Payne

Teach Your Kids to Code: A parent-friendly guide to Python programming is available for order NOW from No Starch Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and book retailers everywhere. Thank you to everyone who preordered Teach Your Kids to Code, pushing us into the top 30 programming books for children on Amazon! You can still save 30% off […]

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Teach Your Kids to Code book pre-sale discount!

February 12, 2015


Update: No Starch said we had a “robust response” to the pre-release of Teach Your Kids to Code – thank you to everyone who preordered! If you missed the 50% off sale, you can still pick up the book at 30% off at (with instant access to the eBook included) or for ~$22 from Amazon or Barnes & […]

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Setting up Pygame on a Mac

January 10, 2015


Pygame on Mac OS X

I have compiled a replicable, dependable, almost understandable set of steps to install Pygame for Python 3 that has worked across four generations of Mac OS X. Pieces of these steps appear in two or three other how-to’s on the web, but this full process has been carefully tested across Mac OS X 10.6-10.9, and […]

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Building Mobile Apps for Fun and Profit

March 1, 2014



Wow! I’ve got 62 students in two sections of Mobile App Development this semester at UNG, the most popular computer science elective we’ve ever offered! We’re programming apps in Android and iOS, and having a blast! It’s so popular, we’ve added a new Minor in Mobile App Development that starts this Fall 2014 – CSCI […]

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Building the next Facebook/Twitter/etc.

November 1, 2013

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The tools to build the next billion-user app (like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, GMail, etc.) are more easily within reach than ever before – in fact, perhaps they’re within reach for the first time, ever. Just ten years ago (2003), there was no Facebook (it first went online in 2004), no Twitter (2006), no YouTube (2005), […]

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October 17, 2013


Attached below are the slides from our EDUCAUSE 2013 presentation “Challenges and Choices across Two Categories of IT Consolidations”, discount with our colleagues from UC-Irvine and UNG: E13-Roode Payne_2013-10-17

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Making Ethical Decisions

September 24, 2013


I gave a presentation today for Junior Achievement to 250 high school students from surrounding counties during their visit to UNG thanks to the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership in the Mike Cottrell College of Business. It was an honor to be able to share my perspective on ethical decision-making with future college students […]

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Celebrating 30 Years of Computer Science at UNG

August 12, 2013


This semester marks the 30th anniversary of the bachelor’s degree program in computer science at North Georgia. In September of 1983, the Department of Mathematics became the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at North Georgia College, offering a bachelor of science degree in computer science at a time when few universities offered complete degree […]

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$30 per month iPhone 5 with unlimited text/data

August 5, 2013


I don’t usually advertise on my site, but I do advocate saving and investing, so I’m posting my personal experience with switching from AT&T to Virgin Mobile cell phone service. My close friend and colleague Dr. Markus Hitz has been a Virgin Mobile customer for several years, happy with their coverage here in Dahlonega, and […]

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