|Showcase Your Code With Grasshopper's Gallery|
|Written by Nikos Vaggalis|
|Friday, 14 August 2020|
Google's intuitive learn-to code-platform, Grasshopper,
Grasshopper, named to honor Grace Hopper, is already a familiar friend of the I Programmer team. Back in 2018, we witnessed its early beginnings when it went public having been an internal tool at Google, see Grasshopper - An Area 120 App To Teach Coding" The initial release was for Android and IOs and, of course, coding on a mobile device is not the most intuitive thing to do. Thus in 2019 a version for the desktop was released, which we described in Grasshopper Now On the Desktop - although rather than installing software , "desktop" means that it runs inside the browser.
Visual Blocks languages such as Scratch have their own merits to introduce very young kids to the world of coding. However our opinion is that kids should transition as soon as possible to text- based languages.
Along with CodeGuppy, which I strongly suggest trying out, Grasshopper comes as another great alternative of that type and I recommend beginning with Grasshopper before tackling CodeGuppy; it's easier.
The newest addition to the GrassHopper platform is the Gallery. It doesn't add to the coding feature but acts as a way to better organize your code. So now alongside the default tutorials you can also create your own snippets/projects from scratch or fork someone else's and use its code as the starting point for your own snippet.The Gallery allows for sharing your snippets with others so that they can fork them and build upon them. The concept here being to promote an exchange of projects and ideas.
However, there's no centralized "marketplace" like Scratch Explore, which is a massive hub of publicly available projects. GrassHopper Gallery, as it is at the moment, requires sending someone your link in private, for them to become aware of your snippet. But I think this is going to change soon.
So if you want to experiment with coding, or are looking to introduce your young ones to it, give Grasshopper a try. It's a great starting point.
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