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    Scratch vs Python: 5 Main Differences

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    Scratch vs Python Programming Language 5 Key Differences
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    We often hear the phrase ‘starting from scratch,’ which refers to the beginning stages of a project. In the world of programming, Scratch is a block-based language that is designed specifically for beginners. With Scratch, beginners can learn the basics of coding and create simple interactive games and animations. 

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    “According to the Scratch Foundation, Scratch users range in age from four years old to eighty years old. Over 2.4 million registered users on Scratch are 8-year-olds.”

    On the other hand, Python is a powerful and widely used text-based programming language that is suitable for advanced learners. It is often used for web development, mobile app development, and the creation of artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.

    According to the survey conducted by Stack Overflow, 40% of Python users are between the ages of 21 and 29.”

    So Scratch and Python are both programming languages, but they are designed for different audiences and have some significant differences. 

    Here are some of the main differences between Scratch and Python:

    Target Users: Scratch is designed for children and beginners, while Python is more suited for professional developers. Scratch uses a visual programming language, where you can create programs by dragging and dropping blocks, while Python uses a text-based syntax that is more similar to traditional programming languages.

    Complexity: Because Scratch is designed for beginners, it is simpler and easier to learn than Python, which is complex. Scratch is a great tool for enhancing children’s learning. It is particularly useful for kinesthetic learners as it allows them to engage in robotics projects. 

    Scratch also offers a range of interdisciplinary possibilities, such as allowing kids to code their own stories or songs using simple drag-and-drop or block-based tools. Overall, Scratch is a fun and easy-to-use programming language that can help kids develop their creativity and problem-solving skills.

    Python, said to be one of the world’s most popular programming languages, is more powerful and flexible, but it can also be more difficult to learn and use.

    Recommended Reading: At What Age Should Kids Start Learning to Code?

    Applications: With Scratch, students can create amazing art, games, and even characters for games. It is primarily used for creating simple games and animations, while Python is a versatile programming language that is frequently used by software developers as a support language for various purposes, such as build control and management, testing, and more. 

    Its versatility makes it a valuable tool in the software development process. It has a wide range of applications, including web development, scientific computing, data analysis, and artificial intelligence.

    Syntax: The syntax of Scratch is based on blocks that snap together, while Python uses a text-based syntax that requires the use of proper indentation and syntax.

    • In Scratch, you must first create a variable before you can assign a value to it, while in Python, a variable is created when you assign a value to it.
    • In Python, you must enclose strings (any text) within a single (‘) or double (“) quotes.
    • In Scratch, you can make a sprite talk to provide output to the user of the program.

    Object-oriented programming: Scratch does not support object-oriented programming, which allows programmers to organize software design around data, or objects, rather than functions and logic. Python, on the other hand, is an object-oriented language, meaning that it allows you to define and manipulate objects. 

    Overall, Scratch is a great programming language for children and beginners who want to learn the basics of programming, while Python is more suited for professional developers who want to build more complex and powerful applications.

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    Aniya Shrestha
    Aniya Shrestha
    1 year ago

    Hi there I want to know how Phyton works

    Jessica Williams
    Jessica Williams
    1 year ago

    Scratch and Python are both programming languages, but they are designed for different purposes. Scratch is a visual programming language that is designed for beginners to learn programming concepts and create simple interactive projects. Python is a general-purpose programming language that is more versatile and powerful than Scratch. It is commonly used for web development, scientific computing, data analysis, and machine learning. Python has a steeper learning curve than Scratch but is more flexible and powerful.

    Theodore
    Theodore
    1 year ago

    How is Scratch different from other programming languages?

    Evelyn
    Evelyn
    1 year ago
    Reply to  Theodore

    Scratch uses block-based programming where students write their games and animations using predefined code blocks instead of manually entering “keywords” (words that are in the syntax of the language)

    Genelia
    Genelia
    1 year ago

    Do text-based and block-based programming languages ​​have different syntax.

    Vivek
    Editor
    1 year ago
    Reply to  Genelia

    Yes, the syntaxes of programming languages that use text and those that use blocks are different.

    • Programmers using text-based programming languages ​​must follow certain conventions when writing code. For beginners, learning this syntax can be challenging and complex. 
    • On the other side, programming concepts are represented visually in block-based programming languages. You can build programs by dragging and dropping these blocks together without writing any text-based code. 

    The primary distinction between the syntax of text-based and block-based programming languages is the usage of visual blocks in block-based languages as opposed to text-based languages, which demand that programmers adhere to particular norms. Beginners can learn block-based languages more quickly as a result, but their power and flexibility are also constrained.

    Mia
    Mia
    1 year ago

    How many codes does Scratch contain?

    Elijah
    Elijah
    1 year ago
    Reply to  Mia

    In Scratch 3.0, there are 240 code blocks, which are broken down into 9 categories:
    Motion (21 blocks)Looks (17 blocks)Sound (12 blocks)Events (11 blocks)Control (11 blocks)Sensing (11 blocks)Variables (10 blocks)Operators (18 blocks)My Blocks (0 blocks by default)The “My Blocks” category will display any custom code blocks that users have created.
    The amount of Scratch code should not be interpreted as an indication of its strength or adaptability. Scratch allows developers to create a variety of applications, from simple games to complex animations and interactive stories.

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