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[5]: What do you think?
by Alfman on Mon 16th Apr 2012 02:47 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: What do you think?"
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Your first two suggestions are strait forward.

"3. and finally, join a 'real' project (at work or by joining some open source community) to see what collaboration is, which standards and conventions to follow, to have your code reviewed and so on."

"After several years of experience doing number 3. you can call yourself an experienced programmer..."

This last one can be a catch-22 at times, since employers often don't want to give experience to those who don't already have it. Many employers are strict about counting only professional work experience too.

Lucky for me I have experience, but I face a different problem. The market segregates us into sub-categories like embedded programming, database programming, or web development. For me, it has been surprisingly difficult to transition my experience in one role into gainful employment in another role. Referrals for new work are more of the same.

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