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Grasshopper – Google App That Teaches Programming for Free

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“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.

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Grasshopper app uses animation and graphics to teach users, walking them through simple challenges and giving a lovely study pattern set users on their path to becoming good javascript programmers.

According to the founder Laura Holmes, “Each coding puzzle has the student writing real JavaScript code using a custom built code editing environment. The student is given a challenge, and the user has to solve it using the code, but it only takes a few taps to write out. Each time the student runs code, they’re given real-time feedback to help guide them towards solving the challenge. Many students have told us that this real-time feedback feels like a tutor since the feedback feels so tailored to the student’s current state.”

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.

Using Grasshopper

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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

Grasshopper goes ahead to tell you what code and coding (programming) is with an excellent example in the introduction course. Grasshopper teaches Javascript. Completing the introduction course brings up a quiz to test your knowledge on what you have learned. This is necessary to monitor your progress and completing the quiz takes you to the fundamentals of programming using Javascript which teaches you about functions, creating variables control code flow, etc.

The app uses real-life examples, so you learn by completing tasks and it starts with the basics and keeps explanations concise.

Download Grasshopper Here

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Laurence Inyanghttps://rencetek.com
Laurence is a computer science graduate. He sees himself as "Simple," but "Always Curious." When he is not seeing anime or reading about phones and trending technologies, he is somewhere in his room building WordPress websites for his web agency. He is here to give accurate information and also help people with his articles. You can reach him via any of the social media handles.
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