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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by MOS6510 on Sat 14th Apr 2012 19:57 UTC
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Who cares if it makes somebody a guru coder or not, it's probaly not meant to make you a professional coder.

Back in the 80's computers came with a manual which included how to program in BASIC. Turning on a computer allowed you to start coding at once. These days you don't get a manual, let alone (easy) access to a programming language. Even the most stupid users back then could at least write the 2 famous BASIC lines involving the PRINT and GOTO statement.

Just being able to code a little bit at least gives you some insight that computers don't do stuff by magic, but by code. Too many people seem to think computers are alive and some days can have a bad mood. They don't: what a computer does has a reason and that reason is created by code.

I did a lot of coding back then, because I wanted the computer to do certain stuff (or just out of boredom). Now I don't because now whatever need I have someone is bound to have put up some freeware that does what I want.

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