[plug] Programming for kids

Gregory Orange home at oranges.id.au
Fri Aug 5 22:38:32 AWST 2022

If they've already done some block programming (Scratch or whatever), Minecraft (edu edition?) has block programming with a Python tab as well, which my youngster has launched into, with me cheering from the sidelines.

She went to an afternoon codekids thing recently and IIRC they used IDLE - seemed to do the job fine.

(Bah humbug I thought, learn vim and never look back... oh wait, I'm old, and new gen has to do things their way. Forest != trees, trees != forest.)

Gregory Orange

------- Original Message -------
On Friday, August 5th, 2022 at 9:53 PM, Brad Campbell <brad at fnarfbargle.com> wrote:

> When I was 10 my folks brought home an Apple ][ clone from Hong Kong.
> I learned to program Applesoft BASIC and rapidly progressed to 6502 machine code (we couldn't afford an assembler).
> I'm fluent in Pascal, C, Python, and Java bytecode (not the language but the actual byte code) and a number of assembler architectures.
> I hate Java as a language.
> Myself and the 8 year old built his first computer tonight, and we're talking about programming.
> What do I start with? My gut says Python (write in one window and run in another), but is there something better for kids that I can come up to speed on?
> Perplexed,
> Brad
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