Winner's thoughts on code.org

It is well know, I profess a serious respect to Mr. Dave Winner; being myself a real fan of his work and attitude, and being me too, in the past several years, a regular reader of his blog writings.

In the last issue, there are some interesting thoughs, on the code.org trendy buzz, that I transcribe to you below:
...Out of the 83 people they quote, I doubt if many of them have written code recently, and most of them have never done it, and have no idea what they're talking about.…
...These people don't themselves know how to do what they want you to do. So what they say makes no sense. It won't make you rich, but it will make them rich. And if you do it, they won't listen to you. And even worse, if you do what they want you to do, you'll be tossed out on the street without any way to earn a living when you turn 35 or 40. Even though you're still a perfectly good programmer....
...To be clear, you should learn to code if: 
  1. You love writing and debugging and refining and documenting and supporting code. 
  2. You love to see the working result of your labors. 
  3. It excites you to empower other people (your users and other developers). 
  4. You have modest financial needs.
  5. Don't mind spending a lot of time working by yourself
  6. Don't mind being misunderstood.
One might say it clearer, but not louder.
Read "Why you should learn to code", here.

In my Mail , Feb. 2013

[Washington, D.C., USA and Geneva, Switzerland]The Internet Society today announced that it has been awarded a grant by Google.org to extend its Internet exchange point (IXP) activities in emerging markets. The grant will build on the Internet Society’s previous efforts and will establish a methodology to assess IXPs, provide training for people to operate the IXPs, and build a more robust local Internet infrastructure in emerging markets. 
IXPs play an important role in Internet infrastructure that allows Internet service providers (ISPs) and other network operators to exchange traffic locally and more cost effectively, which can help lower end-user costs, speed-up transmissions, increase Internet performance, and decrease international Internet connectivity costs. The Internet Society and Internet technical experts have been working for several years to bring IXPs to emerging markets. 
These efforts have resulted in locally trained experts and facilitated the development of local and regional technical infrastructures. An additional benefit of IXP development is the expansion of community governance models as well as building local Internet expertise. Google.org, a team within Google focused on social impact, develops and supports technology solutions that can address global challenges, such as expanding Internet access to more of the world’s seven billion people. "The Internet Society has proved to be one of the most effective institutions in the Internet community,” said Vint Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. “I am confident that they will apply their grant wisely to extend their work to increase Internet access for everyone, including those in emerging markets.
Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO of the Internet Society, stated, “We are very excited to receive this grant from Google.org. With support to extend our IXP development and improvement projects, we can more quickly bring core Internet infrastructure to underserved countries and assist in building key human and governance capabilities. We will also be able to extend the Internet Society’s mission to ensure the open development, evolution, and use of the Internet for the benefit of people everywhere. We look forward to working with Google.org, and we are committed to collaborating with Internet community partners around the world on this important project.
Read more, here.

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