[racket] Where to start programming for a 10 year old?

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Sat Aug 24 15:51:47 EDT 2013

I don't see how either Scratch or Bootstrap can deliver the promised iOS app. But why don't you try Scratch first and report back to us, then try bootstrap-world.org -- Matthias

On Aug 24, 2013, at 1:07 PM, Grant Rettke wrote:

> Hi,
> My nephew seems pretty interested in programming. When I told him that
> he could be creating those "apps" on the iOS device, he got a big, big
> smile.
> For fun, we talked about tic-tac-toe, he wrote down what he called the
> rules, and we tried playing according to the rules, on paper I mean we
> played. We iterated probably 20 times in a pattern of me making an
> obvious mistake, and then pointing out that according to the rules, I
> was playing it correctly. So he made corrections, revisions,
> additions, and removals, until he had a full A4 piece of paper just
> covered in notes and scribblings and examples (which he provided on
> his own volition). I was so impressed.
> I would think, the place is to start is HtDP, but of course there is
> also Bootstrap (I'm looking for an excuse to learn it), and even
> Scratch seems to be hugely popular. Another note, we would probably be
> working over Skype and a shared-screen most of the time, too.
> Where is a good place to start?
> Best wishes,
> -- 
> Grant Rettke | ACM, AMA, COG, IEEE
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