It's time you learned how to code!

Mar 05, 2013 by Oana

A week ago, Code.org released a video starring some of the world's most well-known and successful programmers and entrepreneurs (such as: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Drew Houston, Tony Hsieh, and even Chris Bosh - Miami Heat player) in the attempt to promote programming classes into American schools and to encourage kids and young people to learn how to code.

The video is both inspiring and enthusiastic, and this initiative might be exactly what America needs, in order to determine its young people to learn programming languages and to aspire to a software development job. You can watch the entire video here:

 

 

If in USA, "Enrollment rates in programming classes are low, but what is worse is that schools aren’t even teaching it [...]", in Romania young people have a keen interest in learning programming languages and win important prizes in many international Olympiads and contests in informatics (you can read more about this in "Romania ranks 1st among EU countries in programming competition"). Also, many Romanian teenagers see programming as a path to a successful career into software development.

Although Romania and other countries from Eastern Europe have a recognized tradition in software development, still they would have a lot to benefit from a campaign meant to inspire kids and determine authorities to invest into programming classes and equipments.

So as I see it, the campaign started by Code.org should be promoted internationally and should focus on finding partners outside the American borders. The big advantage of programming languages is that they are cross-cultural and cross-linguistic, so once you learn how to code, you can communicate without frontiers.

What do you think? Do you feel that programming classes should be encouraged in your country?


Tags: Future  Programming 


Comments


Raul Zapata commented on 3/17/2013 7:04:06 PM

I believed in this since the early 80's since being exposé to the Apple computer in the public library. But being poor at the time and not having any kind of guidance my dreams remain just that dreams. I kind still see there is room for my same dreams to grow. I find coding very important for new Picasso to come out with their master pieces, even though coding for me is like,if someone ask me if I know how to cook my immediate answer would be "I'm still learning to boil water." Coding am all for it! R.A.Z.
     

Oana commented on 3/18/2013 5:09:26 PM

Hi Raul,

Thank you for sharing your story. Learning how to code has many challenges, but if you are diligent and passionate about programming, then at one point everything will seem easy.

I really think that initiatives, such as this video created by Code.org, can provide children with the guidance they need and make them see that programming can be very interesting, fun, and also very rewarding.

I wish you good luck with your studies, and I do hope that you'll become the programmer you want to be.
     

Computer Repair Austin commented on 5/13/2013 5:28:15 AM

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Oana commented on 5/14/2013 11:53:21 AM

Re: Computer Repair Austin

Sure, our RSS Feed is http://www.sbp-romania.com/Blog/rss.xml

     

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