It's easy to play. Follow the instructions and do what Code
Maven says. If you get stuck, just skip to the next lesson.
You can always come back to it later!
Click on the Reset button if you really mess up your
code and want to start over on a lesson. Click on the Back button
to go back to a previous lesson. You can jump to a specific lesson
or back to the beginning using the "Lesson Sections" link.
Code Maven saves what lesson you are on, so feel free to stop
at any time and come back later. As long as you come back on the
same browser on the same machine, you'll get back to your lesson.
Jump to a Lesson Section
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the c in things like c.save()?
c is a variable Code Maven creates for you that contains the Canvas' 2D context.
The code that creates the variable c, which is hidden, looks like
var c = document.getElementById('pane').getContext('2d');
How can I save my code and use it outside of Code Maven?
Short answer: You can copy-and-paste your code and then load that code in
Longer answer: A minimal HTML file that works would look like this:
<canvas id=pane width=400 height=300></canvas>
var c = document.getElementById('pane').getContext('2d');
// PASTE YOUR CODE HERE
If you copy that into a file, then copy-and-paste your code into it, then
save the file with a filename ending in .html, you should be able to load the
file in any web browser.
Is there any other code that is hidden from me?
There is also a bit of hidden code to try to stop animations when you
change lessons and the code you write is instrumented to try to
prevent infinite loops. You shouldn't need those to run your code
outside of Code Maven.
programming by explaining what a variable is, what variable scope is, what the syntax
of an if statement looks like, how each of the operators work, and so on. If you want
that, there are many choices available, many of which are excellent supplements to
What is hard to find is a tutorial that is fun, immersive, and gets you immediately
building cool things. Code Maven skips a lot of the syntax and explanation you
can get elsewhere (Google for it when you need it) and instead jumps straight into
the fun of what you can do if you learn to code.
Why doesn't this work perfectly on an iPad (or other mobile device)?
Code Maven will load on many mobile devices, might even be a bit playable
depending on your device, but it isn't designed for mobile. Why not?
Mostly because it is hard to type on mobile. Writing large amounts on a mobile
device is difficult, and it is even worse when what you are trying to write is code
and you need to keep looking at other parts of the code. Trying to write
large amounts of traditional code on a mobile device is not a good experience.
Because of that, no one seems to have created a great app yet for learning to code on
mobile, but there are good apps out there that teach programming
concepts (such as Hopscotch, Move the Turtle, and Cargo-bot).
Can I use Code Maven offline (when not connected to the internet)?
Sure! Code Maven only uses the internet at the very
beginning, to load the website, and then never contacts the
So, for example, you can load Code Maven on a
laptop, then go on an airplane or walk to a park where there is
no internet connection, open your laptop there, and use Code
Maven without the internet. It even still saves your place so
you get back to the same lesson when you return! You don’t need
an internet connection except at the very beginning
when the website loads.
Code Maven from Crunchzilla is an interactive tutorial
that focuses on action. Code changes immediately yield visible
Projects start with simple boxes and colors, rapidly progressing
into exciting experiments with simple animation and
fractals. Important programming concepts like variables, loops,
conditionals, expressions, and functions are introduced
Code Maven is a gentle and fun introduction to
programming concepts. It is a first step in learning to program. It is
not intended to teach all of computer science and programming.
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Code Maven does not require registration. It does not have
your e-mail address. It does not know who you are. When you
use Code Maven, you are essentially anonymous.
come back, there is a feature that will get you back to the
using HTML5 Local Storage, which stores data on your machine,
not remotely on the webservers. Code Maven does not even know
what lesson you were on or how many lessons people using Code
Maven have completed, and it is a bit of a shame that we do
not, but that is how seriously we take privacy.
Like nearly all websites, Code Maven has web server logs that
may contain the IP address used to access the web server. That
is standard in nearly all webservers and not an attempt at data
In keeping with standard language in privacy policies,
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We are very protective of your privacy. We like it that way.
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them to her too, and she will get very sad.
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Old Browser Warning
Oh my. Code Maven does not like your web browser. Your browser
is really old. You need a new web browser.
Code Maven likes Chrome
and Firefox. You can
play with Code Maven if you have those. Go get them and let's play!
If you want to try to use Code Maven anyway, go ahead and try, but
Code Maven probably will not come out to play. Your web browser
isn't good. She does not like it at all.