Kids programming language reminds me of Amos
I read the Z-Buffer
blog once in a while and the Z-man refers to an article at channel9 about the KPL
. It remembers me to the days that I was programming in Amos on my Amiga 500. I made all sorts of small fun things and coding in Amos is indeed FUN. They try to achieve that with KPL too and maybe this is the environment to recommend to people that want to play around in an IDE to find out what programming is all about. I occasionally get questions from friends about programming. For example what it is, where to start and such. Most people think programming is dull and boring while this is of course plain wrong (lol). The point is that I really can't explain to them why am I so addicted to programming and why I am so eager to keep me up-to-date on certain aspects of programming. I am just too experienced in programming too explain it in dummy style because when I try that it is still way too advanced :-)
What is even more interesting is that they localized the KPL syntax if I heard them say in the video. This makes it even more accessible for people that aren't really that good in English.
The next version (2.0) has wrappers around the managed directx framework and the way I see KPL is a fun addictive, environment to learn programming in your own native language. On the technical side it looks like a something between Amos pro and the 3d construction kit (also an Amiga game programming environment) but then a nice modern jacket.
They make it possible to generate vb/c# code from the KPL language and compile it with the .net environment. They made the KPL framework libraries available to .net applications to achieve this. This means that when people have advanced far enough in the KPL IDE they can learn new stuff, a new language, a new framework and even begin optimize their code which is awesome I think.