LARP is a programming language offering an intuitive, flexible and easy to learn syntax for building algorithms. The syntax allows to take advantage of structured programming concepts to build pseudo-code and/or flowchart based algorithms. Concepts covered include variables and containers, conditional and iterative structures, modularity and data storage.
LARP's development environment includes comprehensive programming functionalities, such as editing, compiling and plagiarism prevention, which makes the software particularly suited for learning to program. Using LARP, novice programmers can focus on designing algorithms rather than mastering a difficult syntax in a harsh development environment.
The ease-of-use of LARP's pseudo-code and flowchart syntaxes and the conviviality of its development environment make the software particularly suited for teaching and learning structured programming and algorithm design. The programming language's simple yet complete syntax allows one to design and formulate structured algorithms, and subsequently use the development environment's compiler to execute and validate these algorithms. In fact, LARP was actually designed by a programming instructor and used in College level courses for teaching introductory algorithm design.
The further ease the use of the software, LARP's development environment includes context sensitive help, online and printable, which describes in details the syntax of pseudo code and flowcharts, as well as all development environment functionalities. This documentation is presented in an instructive form, includes many examples and offers detailed explanations of related concepts such as binary coding and recursion. Both the students and their teacher will benefit from using the documentation to study algorithmic based problem solving.
LARP is an essential educational software for teaching and learning structured programming and algorithm design. Its ease of use and functionalities make it the ideal tool for teaching students of all ages to program.