“There are no mistakes when learning to code. Just try things out to see what works.” – Grasshopper. In a bid to make programming more accessible and more interesting, Google has launched an Android app called Grasshopper to teach users the fundamentals of programming.
Clearing stages and tests give you achievements stars and unlock new levels for you to learn. The good thing about this game-like coding app is that it considers three key factors – “time, money and access” and finds a way to make sure you wouldn’s waste any of the above when learning. You can learn from your couch, on your bed, the bus or train, etc.
The app will not replace other coding tutorials nor turn you into a code junkie overnight, instead, it will serve as a launchpad for newbies so that by the time you are through with it, you can continue coding on platforms like Coursera and LaunchCode that are in partnership with Google.
To use the Grasshopper app is very easy. After downloading and installing the app, it asks for permission to access your google account.
When you grant permissions, it brings up a start screen with some encouraging tips. You have to press next till you select if you are new to coding or not. I choose new of course
The app uses real-life examples, so you learn by completing tasks and it starts with the basics and keeps explanations concise.