Why is code important? Why should we know anything about it?
We work with computers every day, both using them to do our jobs, and helping our patrons use them. We might not write programs ourselves, but it can be useful to know how applications work and what lies behind web pages.
Even if you don’t have a desire to learn to code, you may encounter a patron who does, and having knowledge of these resources can help you help them.
Some languages are used only for specific platforms. For example, C# is used to develop software for Microsoft and Windows, whereas Objective-C is used by Apple, running OS X and iOS, as well as mobile applications. Both of these languages are related to C, a language written in the ‘70s.
There are a number of free, online coding resources that can be useful for those interested in learning to code. Read on for descriptions of some of these resources, as well as mentions of who might find each resource most useful.
Mozilla Webmaker is another useful online resource. It focuses more on HTML and CSS – ways to modify the appearance of a webpage. It offers beginner projects, like modifying the image or text of a meme, with instructions most often located in a sidebar or in comments within the code. After creating your modified project, you may save it as a “remix” so that you can show it off or just keep it for your archives. The Webmaker tools are not quite as easy to grasp as the previous tools, but for more advanced or older learners, they are definitely acheivable. One drawback to Mozilla’s Webmaker tools is the sheer number of projects hosted on their site. It can be difficult to find the original Mozilla-made “Meme Maker” in a sea of “remixes.”
Please name this blog entry: Lesson 9 Challenge
Complete a lesson or a challenge using one of the resources described above. Take a screenshot of your finished product to include in your blog post about the experience. Explain how you might use this resource personally or professionally.
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