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Apple Supports 'Hour of Code' Campaign for Students with Free Workshops in U.S. Retail Stores

hour_of_code_iconApple today announced that it will be participating in the "Hour of Code" initiative this Wednesday by offering free workshops in its U.S. stores introducing students to computer programming. Apple is setting aside the 5:00-6:00 PM hour at all of its retail stores for its workshops, and reservations are required.

The broader initiative is sponsored by the non-profit Code.org with the backing of a wide variety of political, corporate, and personal supporters. The goal of the campaign is to introduce 10 million students to computer programming, with the ultimate goal of every student learning a basic level of programming.

Learn about the campaign to get students involved in a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming. Visit code.org or attend a special Hour of Code workshop at any U.S. Apple Retail Store on December 11, 5 p.m.
Steve Jobs makes a brief appearance at the 1:47 mark of the promotional video for the event, by way of a 1995 clip from "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview".

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13 months ago
One hour?

That should cover the time it takes to install and configure Xcode.
Rating: 9 Votes
13 months ago
Pretty cool initiative. Just please teach them about memory management lol. :)
Rating: 8 Votes
13 months ago
Objective-C is a **** language to begin with and even moreso for an introductory class on programming.
Rating: 5 Votes
13 months ago

Care to explain why? We'd love to hear the reasoning.


Absolutely horrible syntax and all but useless outside Apple's environment.
There's a reason CS programs don't use it to teach students, high school kids would hate it even more.

Java and C++ are far better to teach OO principles. And far more useful in the real world.

That's not even diving into the technical aspects of the language, which is beyond the scope of this thread.
Rating: 5 Votes
13 months ago
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13 months ago

Absolutely horrible syntax and all but useless outside Apple's environment.
There's a reason CS programs don't use it to teach students, high school kids would hate it even more.

Java and C++ are far better to teach OO principles. And far more useful in the real world.

That's not even diving into the technical aspects of the language, which is beyond the scope of this thread.


Java is marginally easier to understand than Obj-C but only on a very superficial level. Anyone who has worked with enterprise Java knows just how hideous it can easily become. C++ may at first appear to be easy to understand but beginners will quickly come unstuck.

Obj-C has been improved a lot in recent years not just through the vast libraries and frameworks provided by Apple but also in terms of language features themselves. It is a hugely powerful language and one that opens doors to the world of iOS and Mac OS X programming. There are definitely worse choices these days for someone beginning to program.

I've been programming for 30+ years and have used many many languages. I currently use Ruby for most things but also work regularly with Java, Javascript and Objective-C. They all have their strengths, weaknesses and quirks. I was taught at school and university largely using Pascal but have never used that commercially so maybe that wasn't the "best" choice at the time. Then again, I don't think that matters as any programmer worth their salt can easily take onboard a new syntax as long as they understand the fundamentals and have an open mind.

C.
Rating: 4 Votes
13 months ago

What's the reasoning behind this campaign? Are there not enough people with these skill sets in the pipeline?


It's a conspiracy by the tech companies. They want to manipulate the nations schools to produce a glut of qualified coding drones so that overpaid programmers who are nearing retirement age (i.e. ~30) can be fired. Lower salaries = bigger profits! ;)
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago
We don't need more coders...last thing you need are people who think they are coders and actually screwing things up worse for people.

Same thing as people who think they are graphic designers because they took a page layout course or use photoshop.

We need problem solvers. Not coders.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago

Objective-C is a **** language to begin with and even moreso for an introductory class on programming.


Maybe you should register, pal.
Rating: 3 Votes
13 months ago

Why bother, companies are just going to hire foreign workers anyway.
I work at an apt. complex near Qualcomm and every single employee that comes in looking for an apt. is foreign.
Oh wait, I did have one white guy come in once.
That's one American out of at least 500.

Easy to hire, easy to fire. That's all companies want, which is why they keep clamoring for more foreign tech workers, not because they can't find any Americans to do the job.
Graduates will find out the hard way


The 'white guy' is American and everyone else, with darker skin, are foreign? I would suggest a large dose of confirmation bias at work here.
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