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Kojo Strengths

A modern programming environment

Kojo has the following features to support the flow of programming:

  • Syntax highlighting.
  • Code completion.
  • Fast interactivity - instant feedback for graphics and console based programming.
  • Online help.
  • Program data exploration via Worksheet mode or Explorer pane.
  • Program tracing.
  • Line-by-line program running.
  • Searchable program history.
  • And more…

A powerful language

Scala, the programming language used in Kojo, has great (arguably better than any other language in the world) support for the most important and widely used programming/computing ideas and paradigms:

  • modular programming
  • object-oriented programming
  • functional programming
  • concurrent programming

Kids learning programming in Kojo get to see these ideas in a theoretically clean but also practically very usable and rich context. These learned ideas can then be transferred very easily to other languages like Python, Javascript, and Java.

Physical product development opportunities

Kojo has great support for generative art, which can be used to create exciting designs that can be printed on t-shirts, carry bags, posters, back-packs, cups, caps, etc. This enables children to build things that they can use, showcase, and potentially sell. This in turn provides tremendous motivation and multi-dimensional learning and growth opportunities.

Here is a sample t-shirt design done in Kojo:


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