Over the last few years, interest in coding (especially for the web) has led to a blossoming of resources that help average people learn how to program from scratch. Google has decided to join the fun with a new tool called Coder — along with the help of the low-cost Raspberry Pi PC.
With Coder, users can develop their own apps for the web and then host them on a miniature server located directly on the Raspberry Pi. The overall cost for the DIY programming project, using Google’s recommended materials, is under $50 — and all of the educational materials are free. After procuring a Raspberry Pi, eager students simply download information onto an SD card, plug it into the tiny computer, connect to a shared Wi-Fi and access Coder through Chrome. The whole process, according to the developers, takes just 10 minutes.
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Coder is a completely open-source project, with its code library available for editing on GitHub, and comes with a few simple projects for novices to get their feet wet. Coder is also designed to work alongside instruction from other programming websites like Codecademy and Khan Academy. When projects are complete, users can host their own websites via Raspberry Pi or zip them to share with friends.
The Raspberry Pi has become a tool for amateur programmers, makers and hobbyists to tackle more complex projects without sinking in a lot of money, so it’s no surprise that Google capitalized on it to create Coder. With Google’s support and open source transparency, Coder has the opportunity to widen accessibility for not only DIY hobbyists, but for classrooms and community courses as well. With a large room for growth (with the aid of contributing programmers) and the ability to play well with existing programming tutorials, this small project could turn into a big resource for education.