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

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. One site, Codecademy, had over 1 million users pledge 2012 as their “code year” and sign up for their free tutorials on Java, HTML and CSS for beginners.

This is a great sign for the future of work in the U.S. Coding familiarity is becoming more of an asset across all industries. You don’t need to know how to reprogram your computer to operate it, but understanding how it works will help you imagine how programs can change to better serve your industry. So, if you’re among those of us who’ve always thought programming was impossibly hard or reserved for the tech-minded, consider learning a little code. There’s never been a better (or more supportive) time to get ahead of the curve. [SOURCE: OnlineCollege]

If you’re good enough, you can be God. On a small scale.

I’m personally convinced that computer science has a lot in common with physics. Both are about how the world works at a rather fundamental level. The difference, of course, is that while in physics you’re supposed to figure out how the world is made up, in computer science you create the world. Within the confines of the computer, you’re the creator. You get to ultimately control everything that happens. If you’re good enough, you can be God. On a small scale. [Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux]

TRADUZIONE ITA: “Sono convinto che l’informatica abbia molto in comune con la fisica. Entrambe si occupano di come funziona il mondo a un livello abbastanza fondamentale. La differenza, naturalmente, è che mentre in fisica devi capire come è fatto il mondo, in informatica sei tu a crearlo. Dentro i confini del computer, sei tu il creatore. Controlli – almeno potenzialmente – tutto ciò che vi succede. Se sei abbastanza bravo, puoi essere un Dio. Su piccola scala.” [cit. Linus Torvalds]