Coding and programming are two different things in my opinion :/
That said, we should not be teaching programming, instead, we should be teaching problem solving. Thats what it is for the most part, it is the essence, and most people I know, do not know how to break problems down and solve them, instead they get overwhelmed.
Agreed MM, though I think that is the point of Code.org -- getting people to think about not only coding but problem solving and outside of the box thinking.
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Oddly enough I was in the middle of a "Business meeting" with 2 friends of mine, when one of them brought up the idea of developing a web application for something were working on. Since I currently have the most experience (6 weeks of C++ programming in high school;don't judge me), and I've been interested in taking another stab at programming again I decided I'd try learning with the free time I have right now between job hunting.
I went to go take a mid rum & coke piss break and pulled up hot hardware on my phone and saw this article. You guys might have just opened a new door for me.
Well shoot, Dorkstar, we do what we can! ;) Good luck--
Well I decided to take it easy on myself and work on HTML before progressing into things I really want to work on (i've been eyeballing Android, iOs mobile apps, and python since they seem to be the most in demand). Just finished the first lesson in HTML, took me about 30 minutes or so, and was definitely a good refresher to what I learned...uhhh 18 years ago? Think I was in 7th grade when I first learned HTML and recall it taking from about midnight until 5 in the morning to figure it out. I'm much more proficient now. I'll continue to update here as I progress. As of right now it's simply teaching me how to hyperlink images, create headers, titles, paragraphs, tell the page i'm using html, and how to create a body. Nothing that dreamweaver or blogger can't do in 30 seconds.
Just finished HTML Basics 2. Since it was mainly list and styles i'll use a list to explain the lessons learned.
-Font types, colors, background colors, and font styles (italics, bold)
Again, nothing I feel dreamweaver or any simple website builder software couldn't do much faster than me typing
Crap now I'm wondering if should have typed " "
Either way, i'm 3 rum & cokes deep, already pestered marco on where my build video is (he claims to be working on it... I debated on threatening his life but decided otherwise), and need to wake up to go to my soon to be gone job in the morning. Hopefully this will be a project I'll pick up again tomorrow. Either way, I really think this website has shown me that I have the patience and desire to learn a programming language. It's been 10 years since the last time I typed a piece of code into anything.
I wonder if Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg will sign my White House Petition to end age discrimination in the software industry so that we can put our experienced software developers with decades of experience back to work?
phew, put a in at least 3 hours into this today. I finished up html basics I, II, III and decided to move into Java. Variables and boolean functions have about fried my brain for now. Got to take a break. Can't decide if I should continue with Java (as I've really had no desire to learn it), or move back to CSS and finish up the HTML course. With basic computer skills I'd say each module should take you about 30 minutes a piece, they typically consist of 5 classes per module that increase in difficult as you continue. Either way, it's really been a fun thing to do to pass the time and educate myself in some new languages.
Well, I backed off of Java when I realized I hadn't completed the entire HTML course. Overall, I'm rather satisfied with the sites ability to build upon what you learned, occasionally make you think rather than telling you, and the ability to never feel trapped, as you always have the option of posting on the forums or reviewing previous lessons to help you figure it out.
If you're interested in seeing how far I've gotten or what I've learned, you can view my profile at : http://www.codecademy.com/users/ajaxpro30459
I've also been putting this link on my resumes so potential employers can see my progression in self development as well as my ability to learn new things. It may never help me get a job, but at least you can show proof of additional education.
every few years you need to start over and learn a new language
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