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An Cód: Craicing the Code in Irish

Language, Language in the News

It’s often assumed that computing coding lessons are always taught in English because most (though not all) programming languages use English language syntax.

Not so.

Hour of Code is worldwide

Hour of Code is worldwide

Take this great example of learning to code in Irish (Gaeilge), part of the Hour of Code initiative in 2016, thanks to computer science professor Kevin Scannell (@kscanne), from Saint Louis University in Missouri in the United States of America.

The Irish Independent newspaper tells us that Hour of Code‘s focus is on “making coding fun through the use of popular games like Minecraft, as well as films such as Star Wars and Frozen“.

Learning to code as Gaeilge thanks to Hour of Code

Learning to code in Irish thanks to Hour of Code and Professor Kevin Scannell.

2016 was the “third year the (Hour of Code) event has been run in Ireland since it was taken up by digital learning movement, Excited“, co-founded by Irish member of parliament, Fine Gael’s TD Ciarán Cannon (@ciarancannon).

The Indo also says that “Prof Scannell kickstarted the initiative as he loves the language and believes children should be able to access coding lessons in their mother tongue.”

Who could argue with that?

Super initiatives. Kudos, or should I say “Comhghairdeas” to all concerned.

Oh, and about that “Irish” word “craic”.

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Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally.

Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.

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Blame Florida. Again: Is Coding Just Another Language?

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An interesting debate: Is coding just another language?

If coding's a language, then missing commas wouldn't matter.

If coding’s a language, then missing commas wouldn’t matter.

Some people in Florida seems to think so, and the Senate there is set to act.

For me, this “let’s-all teach-little-kids-coding” stuff is about parental fears, blind ignorance about what constitutes a core competency and non-exportable skill (such, as say, “design”), and a living embodiment of that Shavian observation about us getting what we deserve from democracy. That such a misguided approach to the future welfare of our children and educational strategy is backed up by the usual suspects (translation: the media) is no surprise.

So,here are some reasons that coding is not just another language, based on those very moves in Florida to er, codify just the opposite view into law.

Do I think this proposal will pass muster?

Two words: “Hanging chad.”

Let’s all challenge this nonsense about coding being the same as French or Chinese when you come across it.

And, do move over CoderDojo and Co and let in the designers and user experience geeks.

You know you want to.

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Ultan Ó Broin (@localization), is an independent UX consultant. With three decades of UX and L10n experience and outreach, he specializes in helping people ensure their global digital transformation makes sense culturally and also reflects how users behave locally.

Any views expressed are his own. Especially the ones you agree with.

IUC44

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