Learn To Code For Free With Google's New "Grasshoppers" App

Alonzo Simpson
April 20, 2018

Google has released Grasshopper, a free app aimed at adults that teaches novice coding skills via puzzles and quizzes. Laura Holmes, founder of Grasshopper says that the app is simply a series of challenges that get more hard as the user's skill increases.

"Many of our users actually find spare moments when they're sitting on the couch unwinding after work or in bed at night". The puzzle's solution is displayed for you and your goal is to emulate it using the code blocks provided below the solution. The Grasshopper app, which is free, supports both Android and iOS, walking beginners from the very basics toward more sophisticated skills, but also helping individuals who already have some coding knowledge. But by introducing players to the basic fundamentals through JavaScript, it may help them decide whether coding is a viable career switch for them.

"Coding, sometimes called computer programming, is how we communicate with computers", the app's website explains. Like many games created to teach coding, the puzzles themselves involve inputting lines of code to reach a goal.

The mobile application is named after programming pioneer Grace hopper which designed for learning code in a fun way.

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The application is still in testing and this was the first time on Wednesday revealed about the game.

As of now, the app is focused only on JavaScript concepts but hopefully, we can see more languages in the future. "You can use this skill to make websites and apps, process data, and do lots of other cool things".

But Holmes says Grasshopper isn't trying to replace services like Codecademy. Part of the inspiration behind Grasshopper comes from Holmes' own experience studying computer science at Stanford University.

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