My son Alex, age 9, wants to learn about computer programming so I decided to try something fun – to teach it to him. In my day job, I explain and demonstrate Microsoft’s software development technologies and I’ve been programming since I was about ten so I think I know what to do. I wanted to do something really fun for Alex, and kind of adventurous, so I invited 9 of his friends to join him and next week I will be teaching a group of 8 boys and 2 girls programming in my home on my dining room table. Each camper will be bringing their family computer and I’ll be teaching Kodu and Small Basic.
- Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games
- Small Basic is an easy-to-use version of the BASIC language that I first learned to program with on Radio Shack TRS-80s
As Lou Reed said, “it’s the beginning of a great adventure”.