I remember like it was yesterday. My first coding experience. A website using the web mark-up language, HTML. On a website called Geocities. It took me a while to complete my first website because I wanted it to look exactly how I wanted it to look – black background, white text, and text. Oh yes, my website would rock like no other.
As time went on, I learned how to program in other computer languages like: Java, C++, and other computer languages. Spending late-nights learning how to navigate the Unix UI and squashing bugs so my code would compile. Computer-coding had become my addiction.
So why do I, and countless others, spend so much time coding on the computer? The answer is simple: to create tools people will use to create art, write out reports, share events, monitor your health, track your runs, make music, the list goes on and on. The only limits of computer coding are the limits of your imagination. Its like having “superpowers! Naturally you’d think more people would want to have any kind of superpower, but sadly, that’s not the case. Programming can be tough, and it demands a lot of your time and energy to learn.
Code.org hopes to change your perception of coding while compelling more people to become programmers. How do they do this? By offering a terrific online resource that teaches you how to code computers in a fun and engaging way. And they’ve got some well-known people to help get the word out:
The Cast: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi