The New Joy of Code – 01: Introduction

Finally it is here: The first of the New Joy of Code programming series.

In this series of videos I will show you how to program in Greenfoot and Stride. Later in the series, we will also get to programming in Java. But ultimately, what you will learn are the principles of object-oriented programming, which you should then be able to apply to any language.

This first episode shows you what Greenfoot is, and what Stride looks like.

Download Greenfoot here.

Check back soon for more episodes.


The New Joy of Code – Coming Soon!

The most popular pages on this blog are the episodes of the ‘Joy Of Code’ video series, which teaches programming with Greenfoot. This video series, however, is somewhat outdated by now. So I have decided to update it and start again.

So, coming soon: The New Joy of Code. It will be similar to the old one, a series of short videos that can be used for self study, or in a classroom, but there will be differences: First, I will, of course, use a recent version of Greenfoot (Version 3.1.0 at the moment), but more importantly: I will use our new language Stride for the tutorial. We will later also transition into Java, but Stride is such a great language for beginning to program, that I really want to start with that.

With the videos – you’ll see!

Greenfoot LIVE

In order to provide more ways to support teachers who are using Greenfoot (or thinking about using Greenfoot), as well as anyone else interested in Greenfoot, we are starting a series of live chat sessions:

Greenfoot Live
Programming Education Chat With The Greenfoot Team

Greenfoot Live will be a regular chat event where members of the Greenfoot team will be live online and talk about Greenfoot, among ourselves and with you – the users of Greenfoot. The event is aimed mostly at teachers who use Greenfoot in their classes, but also at general Greenfoot users.

We will discuss educational aspects, as well as general programming topics, related to Greenfoot.

You will have a chance to listen to us talk, as well as ask questions.

The first Greenfoot Live event will be held on

Monday, 8 May 2017, at 5pm UK time

That is

  • 5pm in the UK
  • 4pm GMT
  • 9am in San Francisco
  • 12noon in New York
  • 18:00 in Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, France, …
  • 2am in Sydney (sorry…)

You can join us here.

After this first event on 8 May, we will host Greenfoot Live every two weeks. Recordings of these events will be accessible afterwards for viewing retrospectively.

Don’t forget to mark this date in your diary with a big red pen and join us in a couple of weeks!

Stride: With a little help from my editor

In the third part of our series introducing Stride and frame-based editing, we look at the various ways in which the editor can provide you with help in writing your program. If you consider using Stride, it will come handy to know these sources of information.

Stride is implemented in the Greenfoot environment, available from here.

Stride: Creating a game in 7 minutes

This video is mostly for those who want to get a first impression of Greenfoot. We write a simple game in seven minutes (realtime; no cuts!), using Stride. For those who already know Greenfoot with Java: You will see that writing in Stride is not very different to writing in Java. For those new to Greenfoot: This is a quick introduction to Greenfoot and Stride at the same time.

As always, Greenfoot is available for free download.