Mozilla: everyone should learn a little bit of code
By Nicole Kobie
Posted on 23 May 2012 at 08:48
Mozilla has unveiled a new programme to teach people how the web works.
The Firefox developer revealed Mozilla Webmaker, a programme that will include tools, events and other learning materials for teachers, students and anyone else who wants to learn about how the web is created.
"Everyone should be learning a little bit of code as they're growing up," a Mozilla instructor says in the promotional video.
That will include authoring tools and software, such as Mozilla's Thimble to make webpages, as well as projects, such as tweaking blog templates and building apps.
The web is becoming the world’s second language, and a vital 21st century skill — as important as reading, writing and arithmetic
Mozilla said it wanted to "to help the world increase their understanding of the web and take greater control of their online lives".
“The web is becoming the world’s second language, and a vital 21st century skill — as important as reading, writing and arithmetic,” said Mozilla’s executive director, Mark Surman.
“It’s crucial that we give people the skills they need to understand, shape and actively participate in that world, instead of just passively consuming it," he added. "That maker spirit and open ethos is vital to Mozilla, our partners, and the web.”
The site is live now, with Mozilla saying more materials will be added on 6 June. The project will be promoted via Mozilla's Summer of Code event, also starting next month, with events already planned for the UK.
Wouldn't want to learn *that* code
Looking at the gallery image, there isn't any indentation on the piece of code that's in focus.... Wouldn't pass peer review at the place I work!
By kpdirection on 23 May 2012
Not heard of iStock?
By RnP_PS on 24 May 2012
One of the links on the Mozilla webmaker "About" page (next-generation apps) is to mozillaignite.org which Firefox flags as an un-trusted connection! What an abysmal & difficult to see website - Mozilla ought to do better.
By Dairs on 13 Jul 2012
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