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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Do you know Miguel de Icaza? The creator of GNOME and Mono, he is a self-taught programmer and doesn't have a CS degree

It's never about the degree. It's about having the required background knowledge to actually really understand what you're doing, and not just think you're a programmer guru just because you can complete some online coder page. One way of gathering at least some parts of that knowledge is by getting a relevant degree, yes, but not the only way, I can understand that. Still, we all can already well see the results of making everyone and their neighbors believe they can be programmers in a fortnight.

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