Alexander Wolfe writes that Microsoft
has signed on to promote a new programming language - The Kid's Programming Language, or KPL
, intended to replace BASIC as the first step students take towards learning how to code. Indeed, KPL's affinity for .NET, and the fact that it runs only on Windows, may be the big reason Microsoft
is supporting the new language. KPL, was developed under the direction of Jonah Stagner, and his colleagues, ex-Microsoft
program manager Jon Schwartz and former NCR engineer Walt Morrison. The three run the software consultancy Morrison-Schwartz Inc. KPL can be downloaded for free.
The original catalyst for the development of language, Morrison said, was Stagner's desire to give his 10-year-old son and kids like him a worthwhile language with which to get started. "The idea for us was, let's get them going. Let's give them lots of examples of how games are written that are sound and audio and visually interesting to them, so they'll stay interested," Morrison said. "We think learning is best when learning is fun, that's our most important reason for the game and sound approach in KPL."
I had requested Jason Darrow
to write about KPL and he has kindly obliged.Byte
has covered KPL too.
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