“Free online courses are instructing non-techies in JavaScript and other coding and design of Web apps… Driven by the cool tones of the 2010 movie The Social Network and the kudzu-like growth of smartphones and tablets, computing is cool again. The number of college students pursuing computer science degrees jumped 14 percent between 2007 and 2009, according to the most recent numbers available from the Computing Research Assn. Outside leafy campus environs, a far larger number of people are accessing new resources like Codecademy.”

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