The Coding Explosion
Written by Sue Gee   
Saturday, 13 October 2012

The world has woken up to the idea that coding is a good, even marketable, skill to possess. Students of all ages and from all over the world have signed up to free online tutorials and classes.

 

OnlineCollege.org has collected some facts and figures about the current craze for learning to program. Including the statistic that 1 million people signed up for lessons from Code Academy.

 

Click on the infographic to open it at a larger size in its own window.

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Source: OnlineCollege

 

Not all the resources mentioned in this infographic are online and free. Dev Bootcamp is the exception - it charges $12,000 for its 9 week intensive classroom-based tuition that is intended to turn out web developers. Located in San Fransisco, offers a $5,000 scholarships to groups that are currently underrepresented in the programming fraternity - females and ethnic minorities including African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander,

One interesting point made in the infographic is that the gender imbalance in the proportion of people with computer science degree hasn't always been as extreme as it is today. In the 1980's, over a third of computer science graduates, 37% were women compared to just 4% in 2010. It also points to the fact that women feature prominently as pioneers of computer programming, referring to Ada Lovelace, who can lay claim to be the original computer programming for her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, to Grace Hopper, the mother of Cobol and to the team of six women who programmed ENIAC, generally considered the world's first computer.

In providing links to the online resources available for learning to code, the infographic only has three but there are many more options, especially if you are interested in learning  Python, see Learn Python Online For Free. 

 

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