Grasshopper

Google is known for doing quite a bit for nurturing the next generation of coders and developers. Along the same, the company has now announced that it is bringing Grasshopper to the desktop. The app will take the form of a web-based app that can be accessed from all desktops through a simple web browser.

As per an announcement by Google,

We created Grasshopper to increase access to coding education and to help prepare people for career opportunities in tech. As part of our Grow with Google initiative to create economic opportunity for everyone, today we’re announcing that Grasshopper is now available on desktop, with additional courses to help you build new coding skills.

Originally launched as a mobile application out of Google’s Area 120, Grasshopper is being used by millions of users across the globe to learn coding. However, Google has come to realize the fact that coding is best learn on a desktop because you know – mouse and keyboard!

Plus Google is putting the extra display real-estate to good use by adding multiple columns that display everything from the code editor, to instructions, and finally the results.

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Along with bringing desktop support, Google has also added a couple of new classes to the application. Along with fundamentals, you also have classes that teach you about HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Once you go through all the classes, you would be able to build a simple webpage.

Google’s aim here is not to create coders who can build the next Facebook or something, right off the bat. Instead, the company is leveraging Grasshopper to get as many people from diverse domains, interested into learning coding on the side. Once they gain a basic understanding, they can decide whether they want to delve deeper and leverage the other myriad of learn-to-code resources on the web with confidence.

Since the launch of our app in April 2018, more than two million people have used Grasshopper to grow their coding skills. Grasshopper students include stay-at-home parents, construction workers and factory machinists–people who don’t necessarily have programming experience, but who are interested in exploring coding as a career option.

To learn more, you can visit the Grasshopper page.

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