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+ - Learning to Code: Are We Having Fun Yet? 1 1

theodp writes: Nate West has a nice essay on the importance of whimsy in learning to program. "It wasn’t until I was writing Ruby that I found learning to program to be fun," recalls West. "What’s funny is it really doesn’t take much effort to be more enjoyable than the C++ examples from earlier...just getting to write gets.chomp and puts over cout > made all the difference. Ruby examples kept me engaged just long enough that I could find Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby." So, does the future of introductory computer programming books and MOOCs lie in professional, business-like presentations, or does a less-polished production with some genuine goofy enthusiasm help the programming medicine go down?
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Learning to Code: Are We Having Fun Yet?

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  • I was trying to debug an old program from the Labs when I came across the comments "What the hell am I doing here" and "You shouldn't be here - keep quiet and go home". Programming can really be fun. I did go home - took the rest of the day off. RMarguls

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