3.8 out of 5 with 4 ratings

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Great for kids to learn programming concepts

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A good idea gone downhill when it comes to the platform itself. Scratch used to focus on learning programming through play with a supportive community in the early 2000's when it peaked. However, the site has become more politically focused with a different community similar to Twitter.

The application itself hasn't changed apart from being re-created two times in different coding languages, moving away from Squeak and enabling the use of vector graphics. The most recent version released, 3.0 was launched with several glitches involving the image editor. It's been a decade or more now and I don't think Scratch team intends to actually improve the editor in terms of teaching programming. The editor fails to include classes and the cloud data variables are pretty unusable in game creation. i.e if you wanted to make a game with save data for the user, you cannot out of Scratch team's fear of chat rooms being made.

If you want a fun, easy entry to learning programming, use the 1.4 or 2.0 application privately. However, at this point I would recommend using Bluej as a good alternative, since Java has been a huge programming language for years now bluej and they provide an easy to use editor for beginners.

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It Is Very Simple And You Can Make Lots Of Things Out Of It, But It's Not Real Code

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While Scratch is good as a starter animation platform, it falls short for teaching programming and for complex animations (like gravity simulations with multiple clones). It has a very limited feature set and the current Flash player and editor as unbearably laggy and finicky to work with.

If you are seriously considering learning how to program, but still want to start with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, check out the fork of Scratch (version 1.4) known as Snap!. It is far more powerful (first class procedures, first class lists, first class objects, first class continuations), includes all the same animation tools (and more), and runs way smoother.

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Snap actually falls at the programming. While i kinda like it,it lies staight out of warp. warp just does what's put in there. and yet,the report block's even avilabe NOT for reporters. that Seems Striaght Stupid.

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