After Bootstrap

If you've completed the entire Bootstrap curriculum, you'll be happy to know that your class can move on to advanced material, without needing to learn a new language! Here are just a few of the options available to Bootstrap teachers:
  • A Data-Centric Introduction to Computing is a full textbook that uses a data-first approach to computing, blending computing with data, data science, and data structures. Bootstrap students who've completed any of our courses in Pyret can start right away, scaling up through college level computer science and bridging to Python!
  • Picturing Programs focuses heavily on images and animation, as students explore recursion, lists, trees and algorithms -- all using the same language and Design Recipe they've learned in Bootstrap.
  • How to Design Programs is a textbook aimed at more college-level audiences, going beyond the material covered in Picturing Programs. HtDP is currently in its second edition, and the material is being actively updated.


Bootstrap uses WeScheme and Pyret, cloud-based IDEs that require no downloading or installation. Anyone with a Gmail account can start coding, storing and retrieving files from the cloud. Bootstrap programs can be shared simply by sending out a link, or posting it to sites such as Facebook, Reddit, Twitter, etc.

No internet access? Bootstrap also supports DrRacket, a multi-platform graphical environment. DrRacket runs on all major platforms (Windows, OS X, Unix/Linux) and programs written for one platform run seamlessly on the others, supporting a wide variety of classroom and home computing scenarios. Its emphasis on beginner-friendly features and support for images makes it ideal for Bootstrap.


A tool designed for learning should be accessible to all students. We work hard to ensure that our software environments are compatible with screen-readers on popular operating systems, and are a Development Partner of the AccessCSforAll Alliance.