'Great coders are today's rock stars'

'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".

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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: Software Development, Enterprise Software

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  • This is great...

    ...but this video has been on a couple of different websites for a while now, even the ones that are not tech related. Step it up ZDNet! ;-)
    statuskwo5
  • 'Great coders are today's rock stars' - may be in good old days...

    For independent Software developers, its better to change profession.

    Sorry, the so called 'Developers' can't make any money buy selling software these days because nobody wants to pay more than 99 cents for software or expects them to be free. Blame Apple for creating a pathetic app culture and Android/YouTube piracy which is totally funded and aided by Google that any thing is available to steal.
    Owlll1net
  • A good reason to destroy all Chrome books

    One should ask, why there is such a shortage of skilled coders. Few reasons are below.

    1. The popularity of apple products like iPhone/iPad
    2. Android tablets and the thing called Chrome books which are distributed in schools.


    These above products should be banned in schools and universities so that the younger generation will get a chance to use, learn and program with real computers like Windows, Unix/Linux and Mainframe machines.
    Owlll1net
  • Reality is different

    Most developers will end-up writing and maintaining boring business applications. Most likely their jobs will be outsourced to code-monkeys in India or Bangladesh, because companies don't want to pay a decent price for quality software.
    Tom62
  • confirms I'm not great I guess

    as there is nary a groupie in sight
    frylock
  • Wrong...They are Underpaid Nerds

    The only real rockstar is the one who works for themselves and creates the next best thing. Everyone else that 'thinks' they are getting paid good are breadcrumbs compared to rockstar sales people, marketing, etc..
    benr72
  • And they do rock !

    Check my blog (http://itportalregulus.blogspot.com/) & scroll down to entry of 02/09/13. Also, check out the links.
    Leo Regulus