Chapter 1

All the things you need to know to get up and running with the book, including where to download all the necessary software, and how to install your own server with McMyAdmin 2.

Your Development Environment

It can be really frustrating if you want to switch back and forth between Scratch, Python and Minecraft, as Minecraft will automatically pause. While this is good when you’re playing normally, it stops us from seeing what’s happening in the Minecraft window when we’re working elsewhere. Follow these instructions to stop Minecraft from pausing.

  1. Navigate on your computer to your Minecraft folder. Remember that you can always find out where that is by opening up the Minecraft Launcher and clicking on ‘Edit Profile’.(img)
  2. Open up the options.txt file in a text editor(img)
  3. Search for a line that reads: `pauseonLostFocus:False`, and change it to read `pauseonLostFocus:True` (img)
  4. Save and close options.txt
  5. Open Minecraft back up. Now you’ll find that when you ALT-TAB (Win) or CMD-TAB (Mac) away from Minecraft to another program, Minecraft won’t pause on you.

Installing McMyAdmin (Mac)

The Windows installer of McMyAdmin 2 is much faster and easier to run, but it’s not impossible for Mac OS X users to run either with just a few extra steps:

  1. Visit and download the Mono Universal Installer
  2. Once downloaded, run the installer MonoFramework-MDK-
  3. Once Mono is installed, open up Terminal (found in Applications > Utilities)
  4. Type in the following commands into the terminal, pressing the return key after each line:
    1. cd ~/McMyAdmin
    2. wget
    3. unzip
    4. rm
    5. mono McMyAdmin.exe -setpass [YOURPASSWORD] -configonly
  5. Note that YOURPASSWORD should be substituted for an actual password that you’re going to use!
  6. Start McMyAdmin by typing the following command into Terminal:
    cd ~/McMyAdmin; mono McMyAdmin.exe


Installing CraftBukkit

Coming shortly.