As opposed to text-based programming, block-based programming refers to programming language and IDE (integrated development environment) that separates executable actions into modular portions called blocks. These blocks are generally represented with icons that can be clicked and dragged to reorder them. Editable fields, like drop-down menus, allow users to provide further input. This graphical representation of the code can demonstrate the process to new users who may be unfamiliar with programming.
Block-based programming can be easier to learn than traditional text-based programming languages, like Python or Java. However, block coding is far more limited than text languages, which require more specific instructions from the programmer to complete actions.
Block-based programming is used to help children learn how to create basic programs and begin to understand programming.