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From Scratch to Javascript: WoofJS

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The perfect language to help you transition into a new way of coding.

We’ve talked a lot about programming in Scratch, but have you wanted to try something different? Maybe you’ve found yourself thinking that you want to learn a more general purpose programming language, or you’ve wondered what the next step beyond Scratch is for being a programmer?

In this article, we’ll talk about a relatively new site called http://woofjs.com. WoofJS is the name of their framework, dog themed in reference to the cat mascot of Scratch, and it was written by educators who wanted to help students easily transition out of Scratch and into JavaScript as their first general purpose programming language!

If you go to the site and click on the Start Coding button you should see something like this:

which, if you have experience with Scratch might have a few parts that look familiar!

 

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