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LOGO Resources

There are many versions of LOGO and LOGO-like tools around.  See the links to other versions here. Wikipedia has a useful page about Logo. A useful list of all known Logo implem,entations is being developed as the Logo Tree Project

For information about all things LOGO a key resource is the LOGO Foundation at http://el.media.mit.edu/logo-foundation.

While there is a 'core' language and most things can be done in any version of Logo (e.g. Turtle Graphics), different versions vary on details like printing, managing screen images, colour management, filing, and editing. 

FMSLogo is a widely used version. It is free for educational use, so you can put it on all your computers and all the pupils can have a copy for home use too. It was originally developed as MSWLogo by George Mills using UCBLogo as the core.

MSWLogo is still available from http://www.softronix.com/logo.html. Download the Setup Kit. Note that the MSWLogo line has ended with v6.5b. This is a good, stable-as-it-will-ever-get version of this implementation.

The Softronix website has a  lot of other good Logo resources listed there so it is worth a visit. For example, a key reference book for teachers at primary and lower secondary level is "The Great Logo Adventure" by Jim Muller. This book uses MSWLogo as the exemplar version of Logo. Get your own PDF copy from the Softronix site or read the copy I've put on this website.

FMSLogo supersedes MSWLogo and its development is continued by David Constanzo. FMSLogo can be downloaded from SourceForge.

FMS Logo is now the preferred version used on this website. Although they are very similar there is an increasing number of subtle and not so subtle differences between MSW and FMSLogo. Some of these differences have been incorporated into the worksheets (e.g. WAIT takes a fractional input) and thus will not work with MSWLogo.

UCB LOGO is written by Brian Harvey and his students over a number of years. UCB LOGO is also free for educational use and is equally worthwhile. It is a 'classical' implementation. Get your copy from Brian Harvey's website: http://www.cs.berkeley.edu/~bh/.

UCBLogo is more orthodox, but it lacks some of the features that make FMSLogo just a bit more fun, e.g. the mouse control features, clickable buttons and bitmap screens.

Brian Harvey has also published an important, higher level, three volume book based on UCB Logo: "Computer Science Logo Style". You can download and read all three volumes in PDF from his home page or individually at Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3.

The books by Jim Muller (introductory) and Brian Harvey (more advanced) are a significant and substantial source for Logo programming. You can do no worse than to rely on these.

For a number of other sources see the booklist here. For sources about teaching and learning with Logo see here.

You should also look at StarLOGO (free for educational use) as well as Logotron's Imagine.

Another well used version of LOGO, particularly in the United States, is Microworlds.

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