Can regular people learn to code?
With so many resources for learning to program, from a children’s book that teaches basic computer science concepts to The Khan Academy’s new interactive programming lessons, you have to ask: Do any of them work? Is anyone out there learning to program and, more importantly, are they applying those skills to real-world problems?
Last February FreeCause announced its “Codinization Project” to teach all 60 of its non-engineering staff to code. CEO Mike Jaconi says the idea was inspired by a similar project at FreeCause’s parent company Rakuten, which taught English to all its employees in Japan.
“I wasn’t going to propose teaching Japanese to our English-speaking staff, but since FreeCause is a technology company, I wanted the employees to better understand the foundation that the company was built on,” says Jaconi.