These quotes from Marc Andreessen inspired me to take on programming after several failed attempts to learn code:
"The spread of computers and the Internet will put jobs in two categories," Andreessen says. "People who tell computers what to do, and people who are told by computers what to do."
In two words, "study STEM" (science, technology, engineering and math), he says. In liberal arts, only the best of the best will make top dollar. A person will have to be good enough that his book is a best seller or her song goes global, or he'll have to be smart enough to apply philosophy to corporate strategic thinking.
This quote just re-iterates my design minifesto. I should have included artists/writers/musicians and other creatives as well, but this was a 1-week assignment in 2003 (who knew what I now know).
Since May 2012, I've been taking classes in several MOOC's (Massive Open Online Course) via Coursera, Edx, Udacity, and Codeacademy. I think having taken Fortran in my undergraduate studies in engineering left a scar for learning programming. However, this year, I took a different approach by applying Malcolm Gladwell's principle of the 10,000 hours rule to my studies -- immersing myself in programming lectures. I am more determined to learn how to code. I am currently enrolled in a couple of Python classes, and whilst completing the assignments, I hadn't see a connection or relevance to my current day job... Until yesterday! A co-worker had to run some scripts in Python. Now that I can put what I learned to use, I am more motivated to learn Python.
If you want to read a great article about MOOC's, check out this one published in the Nytimes. They even spell out the finer details between the MOOC's. Btw, Kerrissa Lynch, recommended this article to me.
Next week will mark the end of "Learn to Program." Wish me luck on my final ;)