Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 13th Apr 2012 20:21 UTC
In the News Six-month-old web site Codecademy claims you can learn programming through its online tutorials. The free modules on JavaScript are now available. The site also allows anyone to post their own programming courses. The site has good funding, but question is: can you really learn programming this way? One blogger enthuses that Codecademy's approach "looks like the future of learning to me," while another slams it saying "Seriously? Wow, bull**** badging and sh**ty pedagogy wins the day in ed-tech investing." What do you think?
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Mod'ed down? The hell??

I mod'ed him down because he assumes that having a formal education makes you *better* than someone else without one. I kind of see some sense of superiority and arrogance in his post. Don't assume that you are better than a self-taught programmer just because you have a formal education.

How many times have I seen CS graduates moving to Finance or trying to get them to hire self-taught programmers because they didn't know enough of their craft to be able to complete a job?

Heck, I still get calls from people that are in their last year of Computer Science and they still come and ask me about Regular Expressions and for some help with their work, etc.

College is important and our society values it a lot, but it doesn't make you automatically better than anyone else for having one. That's overrated.

Edited 2012-04-14 05:39 UTC

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