Posted at 18:41h
Programming is a doorway to understanding. It's not just about learning how to make a computer program; it's allows the practice of logical and organizational thinking. Even if a learner doesn't become a computer programmer, there are many other lessons to take away.
One of the benefits of growing up in Boca Raton during the dawn of personal computers was getting to be around the folks who pioneered it all. Many of us were fortunate enough to learn programming alongside these folks. The tools we had to learn programming are still around, but not as readily accessible as they used to be a few years ago. 64 bit operating systems have pretty much shut the door on older command-line tools like GWBASIC, the programming system that kids were learning on back in the eighties and nineties.