Interest in Programming Rising (Again)

For an Edge on the Internet, Computer Code Gains a Following
By Jenna Wortham
New York Times, March 27, 2012

According to an article in the New York Times, the interest in learning computer programming skills is on the rise once more.  But rather than looking to use the skills to mine gold on the Internet, most folks see coding as just another skill to be fluent in during these tech-heavy times.  Another difference from the dot.com era is the place where people are learning to code. Rather than go to a junior or technical college, many are flocking to web sites offering free lessons such as Codeacademy and Udacity.  Julie Meloni, computer scientist instructor at UV-Charlottesville, says she’s doubtful free lessons will create successful programmers, but hopes the swell of interest will ultimately turn more people onto the joy of coding.

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