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Scratch Language
« on: February 11, 2014, 05:08:23 pm »
Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab.  It is a programming language designed for teaching programming.
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Re: Scratch Language
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2014, 06:29:54 pm »
I had to teach kids scratch at a robotics club fundraiser summer camp. It's cool to teach, but I hate drag-and-drop a lot (eg. Alice, Scratch, NXT, Labview (well, not really Labview...)). I think that teaching kids Processing is a bit better, since it resembles a "real" language (java/c++).
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Re: Scratch Language
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2014, 10:06:40 pm »
If you're going to use Scratch, use BYOB/Snap instead. It has first-class everything and you can make your own blocks (that can take parameters and return things and stuff).
Also, I think Lua and LÖVE are a better system than Processing, as Lua's lightweight, used in the Real World, and much nicer to look at (IMHO).
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Re: Scratch Language
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2014, 11:10:24 pm »
Processing is basically Java with a few bells and whistles. It's cool to work with though, and great for prototyping.

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Re: Scratch Language
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2014, 10:37:41 am »
Not to mention the Arduino language is Processing but more like C than Java.
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Re: Scratch Language
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2014, 11:27:57 am »
It's cool to teach, but I hate drag-and-drop a lot (eg. Alice, Scratch, NXT, Labview (well, not really Labview...)). I think that teaching kids Processing is a bit better, since it resembles a "real" language (java/c++).
I completely agree with that. For school we had to use labview for a project this semester. It was pure agony. It is just so hard to make changes to your program without messing up the flow and structure.
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Re: Scratch Language
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2014, 03:33:51 pm »
I've used a bit of Labview for FRC, and it's weird. You have to make a new file for each VI (which makes no sense to me), the if block only allows one branch at a time, and control flow is funky and a bit too magical for my tastes.
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Re: Scratch Language
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2014, 08:56:23 pm »
Yeah, my FRC team uses labview. I'd prefer to use a something else, but none of the mentors on the team know any other languages.

What do you mean by branching if statements?
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Re: Scratch Language
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2014, 12:42:48 am »
You can only view the true or false part (or branch) of an if (unless you use ternary, but that's less applicable).
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