Teaching kids how to code

Matthew’s 10 year old son is trying to find out how computers work. Now Matthew remembers “the good old days” when we were sneaking into the school’s computer lab in the afternoons with a thermos flask of coffee to hack away at UCSD Pascal on the Apple ][ until the janitor would send us home, and looks for a non-bloated development environment to teach his kids hot to program.

Although I’d recommend getting an Apple ][ on eBay and actually send the kid through the same school (working on a 48k machine teaches you to think about your code), I guess he’s looking for something more modern.

I haven’t specifically tried it, but BlueJ looks like something worth considering, especially since there is lots of teaching aids available, too.

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