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Codecademy gets Ruby

Codecademy gets Ruby | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it
Codecademy, Startuplandia's favorite online coding teacher, has just added Ruby to its library of courses.

 

“Ruby is one of our most requested languages, and we’re psyched to finally be able to offer it to our users,” said Codecademyco-founder Zach Sims in an email conversation with VentureBeat this morning.

 

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2012/10/04/codecademy-ruby/#q0UCwiygjUOZ0Fey.99
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Simply Beautiful Code-Generated Art.

Simply Beautiful Code-Generated Art. | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

JR Schmidt  created these magical posters using the Processing program.

 

This program is previously unknown to me but the website describes it as “An open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions.”

 

By Atekka Iqbal

 

You can find more images here: http://atekkaiqbal.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/simply-beautiful-code-generated-art/

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Is Code Really Poetry?

Is Code Really Poetry? | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

For more than 2 years I have been intrigued by the tee I got from WordCamp Indonesia 2010. It has a line on its back, "Code is poetry."

On many websites I found, "Coders write."

Why do coders claim that they write when they, in fact, code? Coding is not writing, is it?

I threw this question on Twitter. My friends, mostly web developers and game programmers, immediately replied.

 

Read the full post here: http://dianaraquest.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/is-code-really-poetry/

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Designing With Code

Designing With Code | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it
With an increasing array of platforms & resolutions, it's time to embrace the creative capabilities of HTML and make development part of the design process...

 

While I’ve spent most of my days in the creative department, I actually started my career as a developer. I was 16, and having discovered the WYSIWYG editor in Netscape Navigator Gold, I had taught myself the basics of HTML. I was inexperienced and couldn’t build much, but I did manage to make something that landed me a job building websites. I enjoyed those days working with code, but at night I found myself playing with Photoshop. Design seemed to come more naturally and I eventually moved into the creative department as a Graphic Designer.

 

By Jeremy Bell

 

Full blog post: http://www.teehanlax.com/blog/designing-with-code/

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Why Every Startup Employee Should Learn To Code

In this video Adria Richards explains why everyone should learn to code.

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Why Estonia Has Started Teaching Its First-Graders To Code

Why Estonia Has Started Teaching Its First-Graders To Code | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it
It's already ahead in getting public services online, now tiny Estonia is launching a nationwide scheme to teach school kids to write programs.

 

Estonia, a small country with a population of 1.3 million people, punches above its own weight when it comes to advancements in tech. It was the birthplace of Skype, one of the first countries to have a government that was fully e-enabled, and now it has launched a nationwide scheme to teach school kids from the age of seven to 19, how to write code. The idea isn’t to start churning out app developers of the future, but people who have smarter relationships with technology, computers and the Web .

 

So why start so early? “We want to change thinking that computers and programs are just things as they are. There is an opportunity to create something, and be a smart user of technology.” says Ave Lauringson, the coordinator of the project.

 

By Parmy Olson

 

Full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2012/09/06/why-estonia-has-started-teaching-its-first-graders-to-code/

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The 2 Biggest Mistakes I Made When Learning to Code

The 2 Biggest Mistakes I Made When Learning to Code | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

One year ago, I was fresh out of college and determined to take on the real world. I had so many startup ideas that I wanted to bring to life. But, I didn’t know how to code.


While I eventually learned enough to build my own prototypes, it was a rocky road. If you’re on the same path, I hope you can avoid my mistakes. 


Mistake #1: I spent too much time learning things that I didn’t actually need.


Mistake #2: I didn’t start coding right away.


By Suneel Chakravorty


Full blog post: http://www.suneelius.com/2012/09/07/the-2-biggest-mistakes-i-made-when-learning-to-code/ ;

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Want to be a reporter? Learn to code

Want to be a reporter? Learn to code | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

Journalism schools have to do a much better job teaching prospective reporters about the programming skills needed to tell data-driven, visual stories on web pages, not front pages, says the executive director of Northwestern University’s Knight News Innovation Lab.

 

By Barb Darrow

 

Source: http://gigaom.com/cloud/want-to-be-a-reporter-learn-to-code/

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Women 2.0 » How I Learned To Code

Women 2.0 » How I Learned To Code | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

From one-day classes to Stanford courses, Natasha continues learning to code at Dev Bootcamp.


Learning to code is one of the most challenging things I’ve accomplished in my life to date. It is also the accomplishment that I’m most proud of.


The journey started two years ago when I moved to San Francisco to work in the tech industry. After about a year, I was sick of standing in the sidelines doing “everything else” without having the power to make any changes myself.

 

So I decided to learn to code…


By Natasha Murashev (Student, Dev Bootcamp)

 

Read the full Natasha's story here: http://www.women2.com/how-i-learned-to-code/

 

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Guess who’s winning the brains race, with 100% of first graders learning to code?

Guess who’s winning the brains race, with 100% of first graders learning to code? | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it
We're reading today that Estonia is implementing a new education program that will have 100 percent of publicly educated students learning to write code.

 

Called ProgeTiiger, the new initiative aims to turn children from avid consumers of technology (which they naturally are; try giving a 5-year-old an iPad sometime) into developers of technology (which they are not; see downward-spiraling computer science university degree program enrollment stats).

 

ProgreTiiger education will start with students in the first grade, which starts around the age of 7 or 8 for Estonians. The compsci education will continue through a student’s final years of public school, around age 16. Teachers are being trained on the new skills, and private sector IT companies are also getting involved, which makes sense, given that these entities will likely end up being the long-term beneficiaries of a technologically literate populace.

 

By Jolie O'Dell @jolieodell

 

Full article: http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/04/estonia-code-academy/

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ICT teaching upgrade expected … in 2014

ICT teaching upgrade expected … in 2014 | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

A survey for the Guardian shows that so far 33% of boys and just 17% of girls have learned any computer coding skills at school.

 

"It's really nice to create something rather than just consume – so many people just use other people's stuff," says 12-year-old Milo Piccini Noble. Keen to show off the tic-tac-toe game he has made, Milo challenges me to beat his computer. I fail miserably. "Perhaps I should adjust the level," he says kindly. "It took me a week to make, and I put in three difficulty levels."

 

Is coding difficult? "Initially, but only because it is very strict," says Alexi Siddiqui, 14. "There's just a lot to remember," adds his friend, Ben Coleclough, also 14. "But when you've made something, it's yours," nods Alexi. "You can share stuff you've made on the internet," adds Jack Baron, 12. "Or your stuff can be linked." Having other people showing that they like his work clearly makes him feel good.

 

By Louise Tickle

 

Full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/aug/20/ict-teaching-programming-no-guidance

 

 

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Recursive Drawing – or What Happens When Creativity Meets Programming

Recursive Drawing – or What Happens When Creativity Meets Programming | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

In my earlier post “Why creative people should study ICT” I compared programmers to artists. Today I found this video that illustrates this connection. You find the program here. With just two shapes (a square and a circle) you can create amazing art. However, this would not be possible without an equally amazing programmer. Creative, isn’t it?

 

See the video: http://eskills4future.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/recursive-drawing-or-what-happens-when-creativity-meets-programming/

 

 

Image: http://www.bananagrammer.com/2012/05/power-of-recursive-drawing.html

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21 Ridiculously Impressive HTML5 Canvas Experiments | Nettuts+

21 Ridiculously Impressive HTML5 Canvas Experiments | Nettuts+ | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it
HTML5 is the thing to talk about these day.

 

Today, we have a collection of some ridiculously impressive HTML5 canvas-based experiments that will make you say, “Wow!” Let’s take a peek at some of the latest, cutting edge examples out there.

 

By Abhin Sharma

 

Katia: remember to click on the links. Some of these experiments are really amazing.

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Code Monster teaches kids to crunch Javascript, builds appetite for programming

Code Monster teaches kids to crunch Javascript, builds appetite for programming | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

Greg Linden is a veteran software engineer and startup entrepreneur in Seattle who developed Amazon.com’s recommendation engine, started the personalized news website Findory.com and worked for Microsoft’s Live Labs, among other tech ventures and companies.

 

He’s also a parent who wants to make sure his kids learn a little about computer programming languages.

 

But when he initially looked around for something helpful online, all he could find “was either tutorials designed for adults that overwhelm younger learners with their boring syntax and complexity, or games that didn’t teach an actual, valuable programming language.”

 

By Todd Bishop


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Let’s talk about Design & Coding (Part 1)

Let’s talk about Design & Coding (Part 1) | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

For me it all started in the year of 2006. I made an account on hi5.com, a social network that was popular back then. Hi5 let you customize your profile with the use of HTML and CSS. I started by googling “HTML Tutorials” and “CSS Tutorials” and began to snoop around the web for any type of useful info about web coding. The first site I looked in to was www.w3schools.com which I eventually found out it’s probably one the worst places to learn about web coding. Regardless of that though the lessons on w3schools gave me a very basic grasp of how HTML & CSS works which helped me grow from there on my own or with the help of more advanced tutorials.

 

By Nick Panayotakos

 

Full post: http://imcaptain.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/lets-talk-about-web-design/

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Learning to Code: A Necessity of the Future

Learning to Code: A Necessity of the Future | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

One of the things that can smooth your passage into college is learning a new language. In California, high-schoolers tend to favor Spanish and on the east coast it is Chinese.

 

But languages that help you get work and go up the ladder are not spoken. They go by names like Python, Rails or JavaScript – the languages of computer coding. They are slowly gaining much importance.

 

Popular among these languages are – you guessed it! – the ones that help web construction and iPhone apps. Those who opt for these say they’re investing in a future where the Internet will be the bedrock for education, entertainment and everything else. And all of us would love to come up with a killer app, right? As one writer put it, knowing how the digital pieces fit together will be crucial to ensuring you’re not left in the dark ages.

 

Full article: http://blog.classof1.com/learning-to-code-a-necessity-of-the-future/

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Rise of Coding: Why We Should All Learn a Little Code [Infographic]

Rise of Coding: Why We Should All Learn a Little Code [Infographic] | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

Enthusiasm for learning programming languages is on the rise. And coding is no longer the domain of self-taught savants or formal C.S. students. Students of all ages and disciplines are recognizing the benefits of being more code fluent. Plenty of free, in-browser online tutorials have risen to meet this need.

 

Infographic by OnlineCollege.org

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Online Python Tutor - Learn programming by visualizing code execution

Online Python Tutor - Learn programming by visualizing code execution | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

Online Python Tutor is a free educational tool that helps students overcome a fundamental barrier to learning programming: understanding what happens as the computer executes each line of a program's source code.

 

Using this tool, a teacher or student can write a Python program directly in the web browser and visualize what the computer is doing step-by-step as it executes the program.

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Treehouse Offers a Free Tech Education to 2,500 College Students

Treehouse Offers a Free Tech Education to 2,500 College Students | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

Treehouse has announced they’re donating $3 million worth of online tech education accounts to 2,500 college students who are interested in becoming the next generation of designers, coders and educators.

 

The company writes: "Secondary education in the US is at an all-time high, and tuition is only increasing. Treehouse is creating this scholarship because we believe in the power of self-learning and self-improvement. We’re giving away 2,500, 2-year long Treehouse subscriptions to students that are passionate about the web."

 

Source: http://bostinno.com/2012/09/14/treehouse-offers-free-online-coding-courses/

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Poll: Should UK school children be taught how to code?

Poll: Should UK school children be taught how to code? | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it
Children aged seven to sixteen are being given the opportunity to learn how to code in schools in Estonia, should UK school children be taught programming as part of their school day?

 

School children in Estonia will be one step ahead of their UK counterparts in digital literacy this September as 100% of publicly educated students will learn to code.

 

Poll question: Do you agree? Should school children in the UK follow the lead of Estonia?


The results: 1691 answers --> 93% replied YES, 7% replied NO


Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/poll/2012/sep/05/estonia-students-learn-to-code?CMP=twt_fd 

                     


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How to Summon Your Child's Inner Coder: 10 Questions With Raspberry Pi Inventor Eben Upton

How to Summon Your Child's Inner Coder: 10 Questions With Raspberry Pi Inventor Eben Upton | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it
Wired Business sits down with Rasberry Pi inventor Eben Upton to discuss the state of children's computer science education, and why everyone, whatever their job, could benefit from some coding chops.

 

When the $35 Raspberry Pi credit card-sized computer launched in early 2012, it was an instant hit. The toy-like PC was designed by Eben Upton, a Broadcom chip architect by day, who spends his nights devising ways to boost computer science interest among the rest of the non-logic designing world. Wired Business talked to Upton about Raspberry Pi, the state of children’s computer science education, and why everyone, whatever their job, could benefit from some coding chops.

 

Read the interview with Eben Upton here: http://www.wired.com/business/2012/08/eben-upton/

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To Mars, with Kodu: Curiosity rover game gets kids coding

To Mars, with Kodu: Curiosity rover game gets kids coding | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it
Summary: Can Microsoft's Kodu Mars game and an anthropomorphic Curiosity rover help teach kids to code?

 

How do you get young kids to code? By giving them the tools to create a game where they control a Curiosity-like rover on the surface of Mars, according to Microsoft.

 

Kodu is a programming game, with a simple tile-based visual development environment that makes it easy to build object-oriented, event-driven programs. With Kodu, while you're building a game, you're learning to program.

 

By Simon Bisson

 

Full article: http://www.zdnet.com/to-mars-with-kodu-curiosity-rover-game-gets-kids-coding-7000003583/

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Why I Teach Kids to Code | Geek Girl Web

Why I Teach Kids to Code | Geek Girl Web | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it
I don't teach kids for the money, I teach them for the chance to ignite that spark. To show them that you can build whatever you set your heart to.

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Code Hero: a game that teaches you how to make games

Code Hero: a game that teaches you how to make games | Eskills4Future | Scoop.it

Code Hero is a first-person science shooter where you use the code ray to manipulate code. Your code ray can copy code like new items and fire it like ammunition to do new things.

 

You can edit new code to do anything you can imagine. You'll learn how to blast the enemy, manipulate the world, and build structures creatively to create the games of your dreams and recruit an army of coders to save the world from rogue AI.

 

Beginners are jump-started by Code Hero's approach towards learning programming in 3D as many non-programmers get for the first time a way they can break into coding and actually enjoy learning Javascript and Unityscript.

 

Price: 13.37$

 

More info: http://primerlabs.com/codehero

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