Grasshopper comes from Google’s Area 120 incubator and the coding tool is today gaining a desktop web client. Previously limited to Android and iOS, it’s now better suited for larger screens and adding new lessons.
Launched in April 2018, Google this January reported 1.6 million downloads. In the intervening 10 months, that total has risen to “more than two million.”
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.
Today’s update makes Grasshopper’s “beginner-centered learning environment” available on devices with larger screens. The website makes use of the full display width by adopting a three-panel UI where instructions are on the left, followed by code, and a device preview at the right.
Google is also adding two new classes that mark the occasion: Using a Code Editor and Intro to Webpages.
Google’s new Grasshopper web app is available online today.
More about Area 120:
- Area 120’s Byteboard job interview tool measures real-world technical skills
- Shoelace is a hyperlocal social network from Google’s Area 120
- CallJoy by Area 120 is Google Duplex and Call Screen for small businesses
- Area 120’s Touring Bird now curates travel activities for 200 cities