21 August 2014
Learning to program takes a long time. A very long time. Thousands of hours of practice. Peter Norvig has a nice essay titled Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years as a retort to the books, courses and websites that claim to teach programming in 21 days (or less).
The only way I know of to spend thousands of hours on something is to enjoy it. Accordingly, Google is releasing Blockly Games, a series of games that teach programming concepts and provides playgrounds to do open-ended programming. Write code to solve mazes, draw pictures, make movies, and much more.
This is only a beginning. Additional games will appear over time. Opportunities for interaction between users will increase. The number of language translations will grow. Give us your feedback on where you'd like to see us go.