On figuring out how to program code … where to go….

update:   See update 5/7/15 ... comprehensive winner found ...

So, I’m puttering away on “Code Academy”, I hit 30% percent and not understanding some of the instructions at all …around 13% I had my first issues with understand what the website wanted. I got past them with just a redo or 2. After hitting the 30% marker – I went and checked out code academy’s reputation on the internet…some alternatives I’m going to check out…

Ted Talks blog – with an excellent list & some other notes at the start: [Link]
Ted Talks – an excellent resource – posts a list of ways to learn to code: [Link]

A blog about what is what … from one of the makers of online curriculum:  [Link]

So… http://learncodethehardway.org/ … they have SQL, Regex and x too.

Learn Ruby the Hard way …. [Link]
Learn Python the Hard way …. [Link]

Alternatively, google’s got one of several programs that are supposed to be more fun, not checked … [Link] …it looks like this one went paywall, after being one of the original free curriculum.  See explaination here … [Link]

Random, free, unread links:

Update: 5/4/15

Bring on the Project Odin … [Link] … this one had a rock solid review by a single person who verified they actually got a job after 7 years or more in the film industry.  The big deal, is that this is not a program to learn a language, this is a program to learn to work with a language at a job with … they have two things that immediately set them apart.  First, “What does a programmer do?”, every college in the world that teaches programming disciplines should a short half hour course on this topic!  Second, they break up the “Programming 101” from the normal course.  Separating the idea of what generally happens from the code important pieces.

Update: 5/7/15

Program called Zero to Hero has several sweet alternatives if you simply want to dive in without a comprehensive program … [ Link].  Here’s a break down by another gentleman from the home town of Project Odin … [Link].  Here’s what Reddit thinks of the project as of 3 months ago … [Link].  The guy even breaks down what to do with Project Odin from an outside prospective … [Link].

TED Blog

blog_learn_to_code_art_revTeens, tweens and kids are often referred to as “digital natives.” Having grown up with the Internet, smartphones and tablets, they’re often extraordinarily adept at interacting with digital technology. But Mitch Resnick, who spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet, is skeptical of this descriptor. Sure, young people can text and chat and play games, he says, “but that doesn’t really make you fluent.”

[ted_talkteaser id=1657]Fluency, Resnick proposes in this TED Talk, comes not through interacting with new technologies, but through creating them. The former is like reading, while the latter is like writing. He means this figuratively — that creating new technologies, like writing a book, requires creative expression — but also literally: to make new computer programs, you actually must write the code.

The point isn’t to create a generation of programmers, Resnick argues. Rather, it’s that coding is a gateway to broader learning.“When you learn to read, you…

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