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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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Morgan on Sun 15th Apr 2012 22:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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My first computer was a TI-99/4a at five years old, which came with programming guides and within a week I had a great little infinite-racer type game coded in. I borrowed heavily from the source materials but I made some significant modifications once I understood what the simple code was doing. I also had access to Atari, Apple, Commodore, TRS-80 and Amiga computers growing up, with programming tutorials for their various versions of Basic and other simple languages.

Yet despite such resources back then, I will never be a programmer by trade, no matter how much education and trial-and-error I go through. I'm terrible at math beyond general algebra and geometry; trigonometry and calculus are simply above my abilities. Does that make me stupid? Of course not! My talents simply lie elsewhere. Sure, I can bang out the occasional Bash script or PHP script, but those are more about logic and task-oriented concepts, things I am great with.

I have found that my true talents lie with hardware hacking, statistics and databases, creative and technical writing, and general problem solving. That means I'm a great bench tester, computer/electronics repairman and general IT go-to guy. But ask me to code you a new app component for your project and I'd be lost. I have reached the pinnacle of my programming abilities from real world experience, and no amount of education would help me become a better programmer.

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