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    December 9, 2014

    President Obama learns to code

    The president of the United States of America is looking to give the Zuckerberg‘s of the world a run for their money.

    Not really, but president Barack Obama recently did dabble in writing some code – no doubt becoming the first US president to write a line of code.

    It is custom for the president of any country to regularly attend special events that are aimed at inspiring the nation, especially the youth, and this event that Obama attended was no different – except for the fact that he buffed up on his computer programming knowledge.

    The “˜Hour of Code‘ event, that was held at the White House and saw 20 middle school students meet the president ad code for an hour, is aimed at encouraging students to try their hand at just one hour of code. By doing so, they are able to see what just one hour of code can accomplish and that coding can be very simple, you just need to start. 

    The event forms part of the national Computer Science Education Week in the US, which, as the name suggests, encourages people to educate themselves in computer sciences and programming to help evolve in this digital world.

    Obama has also been very vocal about the need to educate people in computer sciences and programming, as it is being an integral part of our world. Last year, he even delivered a speech on the subject that was uploaded onto YouTube. The speech echoed previous sentiments made by the president that called on young Americans to learn as much as they can about computers and technology.

    “œIf we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change the way we do just about everything.“

    And now Obama himself is learning to code.

    As to what code he wrote during the “˜Hour of Code‘ event? Well, apparently he made a square appear on the screen of the computer by using Google‘s Blocky tool and by writing a line of JavaScript.

    It‘s not like Obama is going to leave the White House for Silicon Valley anytime soon, but considering he is a 53-year old man with no previous coding experience, it‘s pretty cool.

    The whole initiative is a wonderful idea that is no doubt a very important part of our ever evolving world. If every person can just at least try their hand at coding or programming, it will inspire so many to do the same and result in a technologically educated world.

    Now if only we can get our president to try his hand at coding. But then again, he first needs to sort out the electricity issue so that he can at least power up his PC…

    Source: The Verge

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