[racket-dev] Interactive Tutorial

From: Stephen Bloch (sbloch at adelphi.edu)
Date: Fri Mar 23 14:54:28 EDT 2012

On Mar 21, 2012, at 3:34 PM, Nick Shelley wrote:

> My brother has been interested in learning to program, but not super motivated. I've tried to get him into HtDP 2e, but for him there's too much reading and not enough doing (and when he comes to the exercises he usually skips them anyway...). However, he recently started doing some codecademy exercises and really enjoys it.
> It seems like it wouldn't be too hard to turn the "Quick" guide into something similar by using something like WeScheme. I also know of several people who have expressed interest in learning to program but definitely don't have the motivation to go through HtDP. It seems like the codecademy approach is ideal for those types of people (the people who would like to dip their feet before diving in).

Depending on what motivates the person, _Picturing Programs_ might work.  It starts with graphics on page 1, and starts building event-driven GUI programs before you ever see an arithmetic operator.  See picturingprograms.org .

On the other hand, if your brother is the sort to want to absorb a lot of material quickly, Picturing Programs probably isn't ideal: it goes more slowly than HtDP.

Stephen Bloch
sbloch at adelphi.edu

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