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MIT 6.00 Intro Computer Science (OCW) 28 Online
OpenStudy (ashwinram):

Is this course appropriate for pre-teens to learn programming, or is there a better place to start for that age group?

OpenStudy (julie):

I got my little brother started on scratch - http://scratch.mit.edu/ - it's an environment that lets you learn programming by creating interactive stories

OpenStudy (julie):

he loves it!

OpenStudy (ashwinram):

Mine's done Scratch, Alice, and Mindstorms - but he's wanting to get into what he thinks of as "real programming" :). Plus the word amongst kids is that Python is the language to know.

OpenStudy (shadowfiend):

Python, Ruby, Scala, they're all perfectly good places to get started. Ruby has a good fully interactive introduction at http://tryruby.org/.

OpenStudy (ashwinram):

very cool! thanks @shadowfiend

OpenStudy (shadowfiend):

No problem. Keep us posted!

OpenStudy (anonymous):

Real programming, Python,C/++,Java are all good languages to learn "real" programming. Currently Google seems to be encouraging the use of C++ and Python, so getting a head start on those while at a young age seems like a good idea.

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