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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Passion
by arpan on Sat 14th Apr 2012 16:13 UTC
arpan
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2006-07-30

Ultimately, the difference between a good programmer and a poor one is Passion.

If you want to be a really good programmer, you need to enjoy it, you need to work hard to learning new stuff and trying out new stuff, open to experimentation, and you need to be committed to making great software for your customers or clients.

On topic: websites like codeacademy.com & rubymonk.com allow you to dip your toes without too much effort. This way, you can figure out if you like it or not, and if you enjoy it, then you are free to take the plunge by installing all the stuff on your system, buying books or taking a course etc.

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