Microsoft brings kids developer tool to the PC

Summary:Matt MacLaurin created Boku, an all new programming language that could be run on an Xbox using only the console's controller to craft basic logic. Now it hits the PC.

Microsoft researcher Matt MacLaurin came up for the idea for Kodu in his kitchen in the fall of 2006, noticing the way his three-year-old daughter watched her mom browse away on Facebook. MacLaurin saw how different computing is now than when he was a kid.

So he set about creating a new developer language that would appeal to the current generation of kids. He settled on one that would work with just a game controller, using basic rules to do things like move an apple across the screen.

A few months later, the idea was working code. MacLaurin had created Boku, an all new programming language that could be run on an Xbox using only the console's controller to craft basic logic. MacLaurin showed it at the 2007 TechFest internal science fair and later that year at an emerging technology conference.

Now, Microsoft is bringing Kodu to the PC.

For more, read "Microsoft brings kids developer tool to the PC" on CNET News.

Topics: Microsoft, Hardware, Mobility, Software Development

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