[IAEP] scratch gone missing

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Sat Nov 7 08:13:01 EST 2009

On 07.11.2009, at 04:48, Bill Kerr wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 6, 2009 at 11:35 PM, Tomeu Vizoso <tomeu at sugarlabs.org>  
> wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 11:10, Bill Kerr <billkerr at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > http://activities.sugarlabs.org/en-US/sugar/browse/type:1/cat:107
>> > How come scratch is no longer available for sugar?
>> > (the link is to the programming category of sugar activities)
>> You mean Scratch was available in ASLO but isn't any more?
> No but it should be there since Scratch has a far better UI than Etoys

Agreed on the "should be there" part.

As for "better UI": Scratch does what it does incredibly well. If all  
you want to do can be done in Scratch then it is an excellent tool.

Etoys is way more powerful, but comparatively hard to get into. OTOH  
Etoys does integrate into Sugar reasonably well, unlike Scratch. If  
platform conformity was the sole criterium for "better UI" then Etoys  
would win hands down, with its Journal and Collaboration support.

But another, maybe even more important difference is that Etoys is an  
open-source community project. So if there is an Etoys itch you know  
how to scratch (pun intended): patches welcome :)

- Bert -

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