Tristan Hume

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The Best Programming Game

Ever since I was in grade 4 I have been playing the world’s best programming game. The game is highly rewarding, an excellent way to learn programming and it’s even free!

This game has many advantages over other programming video games:

Have you guessed what game it is yet? Does it sound interesting?

The game is called “Just Friggin Program” and it works like this:

  1. Think of a program you would like to write.
  2. Use the internet to learn things.
  3. Write the program!
  4. You beat the level! Repeat for the next level.

I am now 17 and I have gotten a lot of fun out of playing this game for the last 8 years. I have learned everything I know about programming through playing and I’m sure many other programmers have too. The best part is I have ended up with a portfolio of cool projects while players of other games just have their “levels completed” screen to show for it.

Instead of introducing children to brand new 3D “learn-to-program” games I suggest the oldest game of them all as the best way to teach kids to programming.