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Farokh Shahabi Nezhad

CEO & Co-Founder at Idearun, BipFa


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What do you think of Code.org?

This week, a new and great learning platform announced by many IT kings like bill gates and mark zuckerberg and ...
that was this site: Code.org

What do you think of this idea?
IS it good that all of us learn to code? or should we?

I for one think it's a great idea, How about you?

  • Mar 2 2013: I have been wanting to learn how to code, but felt intimidated and didn't know where to start (I don't have the money to go to school). After I watched the videos and played a bit on the Code.org site, I didn't feel intimidated. I thought, "I can do this." I love the idea behind Code.org and the way the idea is presented.
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    Mar 6 2013: I was introduced to programming as a child in the early 1970s (my junior high school was rare in that it had a Digital computer). Akin to those in the video, seeing the teletype machine ka-chunk out "JIM MCLAUGHLIN IS GREAT!" was a milestone event. In the 80's, grad school, "Computer Applications in Geology" I spent late hours on campus tweaking FORTRAN 77 to produce more and more beautiful output. Then my dad gave me a Commodore VIC-20, later a C-64 and a C-128. How I longed for an Amiga and Video Toaster! In the 90's taught myself Visual Basic and landed a job (mid-life - temporary - career change). When HTML got complicated, I "retired." Until I discovered code.org (2 days ago) I had taken for granted how much coding had been part of my life and hadn't considered how that type of thinking (logic, problem solving) could be taught in a way that is addictive. In my home I hope code.org becomes the new Minecraft.
  • Mar 4 2013: I think it is brilliant. I started my kids on scratch.mit.edu (linked to through code.org) and I am anxious get started on learning java scrpt. To echo George's sentiment, how could this not be a great idea?
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    Mar 3 2013: I've already joined Code.org! So excited. I'm supposed to become a lawyer, but I think to be literate in the future we will need to know how to code, and I definitely don't want to fall behind! Definitely a plus!
  • Mar 3 2013: It is one of the best things ever happened to budding developers and tech enthusiasts in the decade . But it is also in a starting stage and showing paths to HTML , CSS, java script or ruby but not the high end programming !! Which means that there is some scope for entrepreneurs who can work on it ad develop an interactive website which teaches java , c#, objective -c or atleast for matter c++ ... I am talking about the interactive website not just plane information thrower !
  • Mar 8 2013: Thanks for the sharing,I started to learn from the website now,just for fun.
  • Mar 2 2013: Why wouldn't this be a good idea?