Saturday, October 08, 2005

New language on the block - KPL (Kids Programming Language)

From TechWeb:

"Microsoft has signed on to promote a new programming language intended to replace BASIC as the first step students take towards learning how to code. The Kid's Programming Language, or 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. "

You can download KPL from: http://www.kidsprogramminglanguage.com/download.htm

Here is a screenshot of the KPL IDE:

One cool feature is that you can directly translate KPL code into C# and VB.NET, making KPL a very good language for getting kids started on programming and then eventually moving into .NET programming using C# or VB.NET:


1 comment:

WizardL said...

A time ago I have came across with Baltie (www.baltie.com). He's a small magican for teaching programming not by writing text-code but using images as commands. We have started using it in our school 3 years ago and we have a huge response - (see what my son has done http://www.sgp.cz/cz/video/4BaltiesMsg.wmv).