A programming language for children

A session at JSConf EU 2012

Saturday 6th October, 2012

10:30am to 11:00am (CET)

A child starts learning to read and write at age 5. Why can’t they start learning to program then, too? I am making Isla, a first programming language for young children. The accompanying environment is called Storytime and lets a child use Isla to write text adventures.

I’ll describe the Isla compiler and how I implemented the lexer, parser and interpreter. I’ll describe the design of the Isla grammar. Why is there no punctuation? Why are expressions like sentences? How did I enable array and object assignments, function calls, conditionals and logical rules in baby talk?

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Mary Rose Cook

I hack, make music and do political things. I am currently doing Hacker School in NYC. bio from Twitter

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JSConf EU 2012

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6th7th October 2012

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Time 10:30am11:00am CET

Date Sat 6th October 2012


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