Welcome to the demo for
Beginner Programming 

One of the fun things to teach a computer to do is animation.   While our animations will be a far cry from Pixar's Toy Story type cartoons the ideas and principles associated with the programming will be the same.     Animation is an essential component of many computer games.

We have produced a demo version we call the "Little dog animation".    The animation that will be developed during this course will be more sophisticated.   A screen print of the demo is shown below.

In order to view the live demo you will be required to download a piece of software called a "plugin".    A plugin is the name given to software which extends the capabilities of your web browser (Internet Explorer or Netscape are some commonly used browsers).   There are a number of plugins available for everything from enabling music or video to electronic commerce.   The plugin we are requiring is one that enables the browser to understand a program written in the programming language called Tcl/Tk.   Many of you will have already used plugins to view pieces of code on the web.    These pieces of code are given a special name called "applets" ... presumably meaning "small applications".    The most common applets are written in a sophisticated programming language called JAVA.    JAVA is so common that your browser comes with the JAVA plugin already installed.

The Tcl plugin you will have to download and install is completely free and completely safe.   If you have never downloaded and installed a plugin before you may want to look at some detailed installation steps by clicking here.

Are you ready to run this demo ?
<- Should be cyan if you have the latest Tcl Plugin version!
Otherwise download it!

If your little dot is CYAN then you can view  the live dog animation demo here.