The Hour of Code – Teach Yourself Programming

Don’t just play on your phone, program it!

Barack Obama

I’m not sure if I personally understand the great implications of coding and technology in our lives. Given the current circumstances with respect to life on earth and evolution of technology, learning programming is becoming one of the most demanded skills that people can have.

I think that traditional jobs and hiring processes are becoming obsolete, or at least they become less demanded. You know that most of the reputable companies have social profiles and websites, which are ways to interact with customers, potential customers, the media, and other stakeholders. If they understood the importance of Internet and technology, why you and me wouldn’t do the same?

Some of the people who have revolutionized the IT industry such as Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates emphasize on the importance of programming. They even got Barrack Obama into this, as you can see in the video above.

Several initiatives have been created to get people into coding. Anyone can do it. I’ve personally been inspired by this video and by some related videos to start teaching myself programming. I first did it through Code Academy which is a highly interactive and intuitive platform for people to learn. It makes coding easy to understand and it’s free (I hate free stuff, but this is a blast!).

To give you an idea on the immensity of coding and the impact it creates, here’s some data:

– 5 billion mobile phones have been used in 2010 (McKinsey, 2011)

– 30 billion pieces of content is shared on Facebook every month (McKinsey, 2011)

– by 2018, there will be a demand of 440,000 – 490,000 data scientists in the United States, leaving a shortage of almost 200,000 positions.

– newly created job titles which have grown exponentially in demand in the past five years (2008-2013) are:

1. IOS developer (Iphone app creator) -142x (142 times higher demand in 2013 compared to 2008)

2. Android developer – 199x

3. Zumba instructor – 396x     – didn’t see this coming!

4. Social media intern – 174x

5. Data scientist – 30x

6. User Interface designer – 22x

7. Big Data Architect – 3440x (yes, that’s right, more than 3,000 times)

8. Beachbody coach – 3360x

9. Cloud services specialist – 17x

10. Digital Marketing Specialist – 17x

Now, if you’re smart you’ll forget all about wasting time in front of the TV watching non-sense and jump into coding. It can be overwhelming in the beginning, but trust me, it pays off in the long run. It’s fun and you have all the free stuff to learn from.

If you can’t find you’re way through, leave me a comment and I’ll try to help.

Resources:

1. McKinsey & Company – Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity.

2. Top 10 Job Titles that didn’t Exist 5 years ago – Visual.ly

3. Big Data Revolution – Visual.ly

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4 Responses to The Hour of Code – Teach Yourself Programming

  1. Jan Koch says:

    Chris,
    the video gave me goosebumps. There’s a similar video also by Code.org (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dU1xS07N-FA) and this video is even more enticing.

    I really think that more people should understand the importance of knowing how to code. I just talked to a friend working in Silicon Valley the other day and you wouldn’t believe what’s happening there. Knowing how to code was one reason (of many) that got him a job and he confirmed that coders are todays rockstars.

    BUT, to really leverage your skills as a coder you need to be working in a startup or build a startup yourself. I don’t think that a single coder can achieve wealth all on his own, except he’s a genius. The best coders are hunted by companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, etc. and that shows how coders integrate into the job market.

    Knowing how to code however for sure is one of the best ways to ensure monetary stability in life – on a high level.

  2. Chris Chris says:

    OMG, the funniest thing in the video is when that little girl is asked what she wants to be when she grows up, and she says: “A mermaid!”

    Anyways, it seems that the shortage is gonna be even bigger than I thought: 1 million coders needed in the next couple of years. I know what I’m gonna spend my time on!

    Thanks for the follow up Jan!

  3. Troy says:

    Here is a good course to teach coding – Harvard’s CS50X. It’ll teach you the beginnings of computer programming from the ground up. And here is the best part… It is free!
    Yes. Free.
    Check it out here – http://www.edx dot org/course/ harvardx/harvardx-cs50x-introduction-computer-1022

    PS- What is a “Beachboy Coach”?

    • Chris Chris says:

      Thanks Troy. I think I’m gonna try the course myself, even though it’s programming basics. I like it because it’s based on web development languages.

      And sorry, my bad. I misread, it’s beachbody coach and it refers to distributors of products that are made by Beachbody LLC, which is fitness oriented. 🙂

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