Loro is an open system intended to help beginners learn programming. It uses its own programming language and includes an integrated development environment system focused on first-year students. The language features a "specify, then implement" methodology; you have to specify a task before writing any implementation (algorithm). Specification is an explict, compilable construction to make a contract between suppliers and clients, and can be implemented in either Loro or Java (via BeanShell). The IDE features support for test-driven developing, syntax highlighting, and automatic HTML documentation generation and visualization.