By Jenny Wilson
Posting in Cities
The New York Times reports that there is a growing market for night classes, online programs and even iPhone apps that teach basic programming skills. While such a market previously lent itself to foreign language lessons, many seem to feel that Internet coding skills will better serve them in the future.
The types of classes vary, offering instructive services in areas ranging from web design to HTML coding to WordPress, but what remains constant is the fact that the popularity of such services is growing. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he would learn to code using Codecademy, a New start-up site that offers "interactive lessons in various computing and Web languages."
Rosetta Stone may not be a thing of the past yet, but this new market is starting to crowd out such services. Gizmodo writer Jamie Condliffe comments on the trend, saying that for people whose professions do not require it, he doesn't understand "how being able to compile code is going to prove useful." While the value of such skills may remain to be seen, the growing popularity reflects peoples' attempts to navigate a digital world.
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Mar 28, 2012
In Ireland, it's difficult to find IT professionals, and expensive if you rind one, while everyone else is struggling to get by. So we're now looking for domain experts (high school teachers) with even a smattering of IT skills to work in our company. I also happen to be a language nut, and here's my comments on languages I know: Dutch: useless, they all speak English fluently; Finnish: great for me, I lived there for 1.5 yrs and had a ball Swedish: fun, easy, but has never been useful to me East timorese (Tetun) : very useful, none of them speak English Russian : would have been useful if I'd learnt enough to be conversational Mandarin Chinese : don't speak it but I'm very keen to have my son learn it. In short, I think these people learning programming languages are the smart ones.
People go where the market is. Development is booming currently, but there will always be a need for translators.
Sorry, but having worked in both worlds; while computer languages resemble spoken and written languages, they aren't the same thing. And equating them at the college level for course credit and requirements was, and still is, a major disservice to students. Learning a foreign country's language opens many more job opportunities than "merely" learning a computer language.
...for Google's gCode app, that will change your prose description of software into actual software. That's going to be a game-changer!