Kids are the future. Teach ’em to code.

Kids are the future. Teach ’em to code.

Summary: I ♥ GitHub; I ♥ the shiny Open Source goodness of their shared code repository versioningness, I ♥ the commercial option for private repositories, I ♥ the website, I ♥ how easy it is to keep your oft-used projects local and up-to-date, and I ♥ the command line simplicity of Git.And I ♥ it that they’re hosting the first US CoderDojo for kids, aged 7-18.

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I ♥ GitHub; I ♥ the shiny Open Source goodness of their shared code repository versioningness, I ♥ the commercial option for private repositories, I ♥ the website, I ♥ how easy it is to keep your oft-used projects local and up-to-date, and I ♥ the command line simplicity of Git.

And I ♥ it that they’re hosting the first US CoderDojo for kids, aged 7-18. The CoderDojo concept has apparently been spreading across Ireland teaching web dev programming (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, IOS etc).

As they say, “Kids are the future. Teach ’em to code.. Start your own Dojo or volunteer now. Michael Gove would be proud.

And spread the word.

@growdigital

Topic: Software Development

Jake Rayson

About Jake Rayson

A web designer since the 20th century, I am a pragmatic advocate of Free Software and I use proprietary software when appropriate. I made the full-time switch to Linux back in 2007, and my desktop tools of choice are Linux Mint, Inkscape, GIMP and Sublime Text.

As a Front End Developer, my core skills are HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery, and my working life reflects my commitment to open standards and accessible websites (ie accessible by everyone, regardless of browser, platform, ability or technology).

For web publishing platforms, I use WordPress for ease of use and Drupal for more complex solutions.

I am also learning about Ruby, Rails, Sinatra and CoffeeScript. I like the minimalist Ruby Way. To this end, my personal portfolio website is built with NestaCMS.

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  • Please God no; teach them anything you like - thinking rationally, the uses and misuses of data, what data is and what it's not - but leave the mental disfigurement of programming until much, much later.

    http://www.cs.utexas.edu/~EWD/transcriptions/EWD12xx/EWD1284.html
    anonymous
  • @Tony Douglas: thank you for an alternative viewpoint, I laughed out loud, almost :) What age would you allow the teaching of programming? 18? 21? And would all programming languages be considered equally harmful?
    Jake Rayson