When you feel the urge feeling to learn to code maybe to bolster your job profile or just to learn something new, the Grasshopper app is the best way to do so. Even if you are too intimidated by the prospect to learn to code, the app is a way to learn, living up to its promise of being “the coding app for beginners”.
Grasshopper – launched in April by Area 120, Google’s workshop for experimental products – is mainly made up of guided lessons which can be completed in a few minutes spare time between tasks. The app works in a way that you perform daily lessons on coding, with reminder set to remind you daily, every two days, and so on which is reminiscent of the language apps.
And the flashpoint behind this app is that – learning to code is basically making the computer do something which you want it to do. You start off by learning the ABCs and convert to writing paragraphs and then use the complex syntax to make computers do what you want it do.
The first lesson in the Grasshopper app is to make a simple recreation of a country flag using colorful blocks. After a couple of tests you will be given a short quiz to test your understanding of the code you have written.
From there you move on to the animation journey, and so on. There is a support app available on the app, called the Code Playground which allows the user to test code on a separate window apart from the learning learnt during the lesson.
The app is free to download for iOS and Android devices, and the interface is about as clean and simple as it gets – you get to learn as you move forward and you get to walk through the lesson and you’re pretty much guaranteed to learn how to code with a better grasp of the subject.
You will need to sign in with a Google account, though. If you cruise through Grasshopper, Google has also announced a partnership with online training portals Coursera and LaunchCode for those wanting to continue their coding education.