Excellent program that teaches programming skills to newcomers
- Category General
- Program license Free
- Version 6.5b
- Size 1.78 MB
- Works under: Windows 95
- Program available in English
- Program by Softronix
MSWLogo, an exceptionally simple programming environment for Logo, was originally intended to educate. When you consider that purpose, the software does exactly what it says it will do. It does not take much to learn, and many programming experts have recommended MSWLogo for kids with no programming experience as a jumping off point. The chief function of this application is to create charts and graphs, but you can also create programs and games with a little extra effort.
The developers did not try to hide the fact that MSWLogo was intended for children. You can tell based on the "help" icon that is a cartoon turtle that will react to your commands. The turtle is also a great way to build a child's interest in programming. For adults who are annoyed by it, you can hide the turtle easily. Another advantage of MSWLogo being designed for kids is the navigable and easy-to-use interface.
If you ever feel confused about MSWLogo, you have plenty of tutorials and video guides to help you along the way. MSWLogo gives you a lot of options to help you figure out the software much faster. You should however, understand the purpose of this software. This program was intended to introduce children to programming in a fun way. It is not intended for those who want a more intense-programming language. Because of its simplicity, you will not get the same level of depth that you get with C++ or Java. The simplicity of MSWLogo proves both one of its greatest weaknesses and its strengths. After you have conquered the basics of the program, the problem is that there is not much left to it, and you may want to move onto a more advanced program to continue to develop as a programmer.
With some programming languages, people struggle to learn them because of the deep complexity. On the other hand, MSWLogo was designed for the purpose of education, and it does not take much to learn the software. When looking for a close comparison to MSWLogo, one of the closest resemblances is MS Basic. You have a lot of video guides and tutorials that let you design your own squares and graphs. When it comes to formats, the software supports both BMP and LGO.
MSWLogo interprets the language based on Logo, and it uses a GUI front end. When you look at its core, it could be compared to Brian Harvey's UCBLogo. The advantage of this software is that it is a freeware that does not have restrictions. MSWLogo will be compatible with Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, XP, and Vista. It will work on either 64-bit or 32-bit setup. The biggest problem with MSWLogo is its limitations after you have learned it. There is only so much that you can do with this software.
- Simple and easy for the beginner
- Tons of video guides and tutorials
- Great way to introduce programming to kids
- Limited and can only do so much