Why it matters: For those new to the world of coding, Google’s Grasshopper tool is an excellent way to learn the skills needed for a career in tech. Now, it’s expanding beyond phones to the desktop, bringing with it some new lessons.
Launched out of Google’s Area 120 incubator in April 2018, the Grasshopper iOS and Android apps have been downloaded over two million times. While being able to learn to code on a phone while out and about is beneficial, there are those who would prefer to complete the lessons on a larger screen and using a full-sized keyboard. As such, Google is making Grasshopper available on desktop and laptop computers.
By moving to a larger screen, the program can be split into three panels: instructions on the left, code editor in the middle, and a preview on the right.
“Grasshopper students include stay-at-home parents, construction workers and factory machinists–people who don’t necessarily have programming experience, but who are interested in exploring coding as a career option,” explains the tech giant.
The new Grasshopper web app is now available online.