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In this activity, you made an Auto Editor program that finds an overused word in a document and highlights it red.

It would take a lot of time and effort to find every instance of a word in a long document.

The program you made can do it almost instantly.

With just a little coding knowledge, you made a repetitive task quicker, easier, and more accurate.

To create your program, you used sequencing, loops, variables, and functions.

These are essential computer science concepts, and all programming languages use them.

The language you are programming in is called Google Apps Script.

It is based on the popular programming language Javascript.

Javascript allows users to interact with a webpage.

For example, this web page uses Javascript.

Hovering over each label shows its top tracks and artists for a specific year.

To learn more about Javascript check out the links at the end of this activity.

Since Javascript has been around for more than ten years and is widely used, it is easy to find online tutorials and articles about how to use it.

If you are working in Apps Script and cannot find an answer you are looking for online, search for the same topic or question using “Javascript” instead.

You will most likely find an answer, and you will be able to use the same code in your Apps Script project.

Javascript is also a valuable language for future careers.

There are many well-paid jobs available for people who have Javascript skills.

Some entrepreneurs even used their coding skills to create websites, games, and businesses while they were still teenagers.

Zoli Kahan started programming at the age of 11 and built his own computer when he was 14.

He has since developed many applications and games using Javascript.

Ashley Qualls built a hugely successful website when she was 17 that offered free designs users could upload onto their MySpace social media page.

The website was visited by millions of teenage girls and made millions of dollars in advertising revenue.

At the age of 16, Juliette Brindak developed a social media site for tweens called Miss O and Friends, which was based on female characters she drew.

The Apps Script program you are building is similar to the JavaScript these young entrepreneurs used to make their websites and applications.

The skills you are learning now will apply to programming you do in the future and could help you create cool projects, websites, or businesses of your own.

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Attributions
  • "Zoli Kahan Homepage" by Zoli Kahan (https://zolikahan.com/#/)
  • "Miss O and Friends Homepage" by Juliette Brindak (http://missoandfriends.com/)
  • "JavaScript Page" by Tutorials Point (https://www.tutorialspoint.com/javascript/)
  • "Teenage Millionaire" by PeopleOfTheWeb (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gagpo5X2jaw) -- Licensed by Standard YouTube Licensed -- Video trimmed to needed length | Audio removed
  • "Cool JavaScript Code at Game Jam" by Iwan Gabovitch (https://www.flickr.com/photos/qubodup/16258492451) -- Licensed by CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/) -- Image scaled up, cropping edges
  • "What A Tween Startup Founder Learned When She Went To College" by Business Insider (http://www.businessinsider.com/juliette-brindak-created-miss-o-and-friends-2012-6)
  • "The Most Successful Labels in Hip Hop" by Matt Daniels & Kevin Beacham (https://pudding.cool/2017/03/labels/index.html)