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Members of Google’s Area 120 want you to learn to code for free

Want to learn to code for free? Check out this new app called Grasshopper that will help you do just that.
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April 18, 2018
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TL;DR
  • A team from Google’s Area 120 just released a new app called Grasshopper that will help you learn to code for free.
  • Similar to language-learning app Duolingo, Grasshopper guides you through learning to code with fun games and quizzes.
  • The app is totally free with no ads or in-app purchases (at least for now). You have nothing to lose!

In the future, there won’t be many skilled jobs that won’t involve at least a little bit of coding. If you don’t yet know the difference between HTML and CSS or Java and Python, you should take the time to start learning some coding basics sooner rather than later.

To make sure you have no excuses, a team of coders from Google’s workshop for experimental products, Area 120, just released a new app that will help you learn to code for free. That’s right, for free.

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The app is called Grasshopper and takes the same approach to coding that apps like Duolingo take to learning new languages. After all, learning to code is like learning a new language in a way (or languages, even).

Using Grasshopper, you’ll learn the essentials of coding through fun, quick lessons on your phone. As you progress, you’ll be given tests and quizzes that get harder and harder, helping you to hone your abilities. In the end, you “graduate” from Grasshopper with fundamental coding skills under your belt.

Grasshopper gives you visual puzzles that help you put together real JavaScript code. While you will undoubtedly be manually entering code strings using the app, the bulk of your interactions with the software will be swiping and tapping your way to coding excellence. Best of all, the app is totally free and has no ads or in-app purchases (at least not yet).

Grasshopper is excellent for lots of people who like to work in short bursts on their phone, like while standing in line or sitting on a train.