I’ve toyed with the idea of actually learning to code for a while, but I’ve never really gotten very serious about it. I know enough to make some minor edits to my website theme, and when I tested the Kano Computing Kit a few years ago I had a lot of fun using Sonic Pi to create music with code.
But ultimately I keep getting distracted or deciding I don’t really have the time.
Grasshopper is the type of tool that helps you get over those hurdles thanks to a series of small lessons that take just seconds to master. You can learn a bit of coding while waiting in line, riding a bus, or sitting on a toilet. Any time you’ve got a few seconds to spare you can take the next lesson.
Of course, you could say the same thing about Duolingo… which I have a habit of using every day for about two weeks before I start to slack off and then forget about that pledge to learn a language.
But if you’re looking for a simple way to learn the basics of coding, this free app from Google’s experimental projects team seems like a good way to get started.
Grasshopper, by the way, is named after Grace Hopper, one of the early pioneers of computer programming.
The Grasshopper app runs on Android and iOS, and it’s available as a free download from Google Play and the App Store. And the developers promise that the app will be free to use for as long as it’s around.