3 things you should know about Google’s Grasshopper

In this day and age, everyone should have a basic working knowledge of programming. While there are countless tutorials out there that teach beginners how to code, many of them make programming seem like rocket science and most of them make learning it not fun. Google’s new mobile app, Grasshopper, is here to change all of that. Here are five things you should know about this special app from Google’s Area 120 incubator.

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Inside the app!

It’s a coding app for beginners

Grasshopper is an app for people with no prior knowledge of coding. If you have already had a few tutorials on programming or if you are a computer science student, this app may not be for you. However, if you are someone who has never written a single line of code or someone who is only vaguely familiar with what programming is this app was built just for you.

It only teaches JavaScript

The app allows you to learn real JavaScript, which is a must-learn language if you want to develop websites. The app will teach you how coding works, how to call functions, variables, strings, for loops, arrays, conditionals, operators, objects, and how all these things come together to help you create something amazing.

It’s a game

The best part about the app: it is an edutainment game. At first, you are given very simple modules where you are asked to make flags. As the game progresses, the modules become more advanced but remain to be just as fun.

There are many online tutorials out there that try to make learning programming an enjoyable experience, but none of them can deliver like Grasshopper. You can turn this into a hobby or pursue it further to make a career out of it. And since it’s an offline app, it’s always there when you want it.  

Texts by Muntaqa Bari