'Great coders are today's rock stars'

Summary:In a video intended to rev up the interest of young people in software development, industry luminaries make the case for "an incredibly empowering skill to learn".

In a video produced by Code.org, software industry luminaries describe why and how software programming made a difference in their lives and will make a difference in everyone else's lives.

Featured in the video (a short clip, posted below and just made available on YouTube) are Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. The video was directed by Lesley Chilcott.

The video's theme is that there are many aspects of software development that simply doesn't get taught in most schools. As Drew Houston, creator of Dropbox, put it: "To be able to actually come up with an idea, and then see it in your hands, and then to able to press a button and have it in millions of peoples' hands, I think we're the first generation in the world that's ever had that kind of experience."

The programmers of tomorrow "are the wizards of the future", says Gabe Newell, creator of Valve. "You're going to look like you have magic powers compared to everybody else."

Topics: Developer, Enterprise Software


Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, SOA, data, and... Full Bio

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