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Google Releases Grasshopper Learn-to-Code App

Thursday Apr 19th 2018 by Developer.com Staff

The mobile app teaches novices the basics of programming with JavaScript.

Area 120, the internal incubator at Google, has launched Grasshopper, a mobile app that teaches users to code in JavaScript. Available for iOS or Android, Grasshopper features puzzles and quizzes that become increasingly more difficult. “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 code, but it only takes a few taps to write out,” said Laura Holmes the mobile development pro behind the app. “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.”

The app is named after Grace Hopper, one of computer science's early pioneers.

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