Day 236: iCode

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August 23, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

Oh how I wish I knew more languages.  Being bi- tri- and generally poly-lingual is such an incredible skill – fluency in a language is a fundamental connecting force, granting not only perception, but expression as well.  One very special sub-set of languages which intrigues and appeals to me are the languages that allow us to communicate to and with machines.  I’m talking about coding.  Oh, how I wish I could code.  (It’s high on the To Do list.)  Today’s project wants to help me (and you, and thousands of others) express ourselves in new ways through new languages – to teach us to code.

Try iOS is taking us to code school with a curriculum of iPhone and iPad application development.  They hope to turn app-users and app-lovers into app-makers.

We want to create Try iOS, a Code School course which teaches how to build your own iPhone apps. Our course will combine high quality screencasts, in-browser code challenges, and gamification principles to make learning fun. There will be no need to install anything, since students will build iPhone apps using our in-browser iPhone simulator (see the video above for a demo).

Learning to code can (and does, to me at least) seem like a daunting task.  Now, though, there’s an app for that.  Commit to learning a new language and help breed a new generation of multi-lingual, code-fluent, app-savy developers by backing this project before August 28.


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