Educators have a goal, to teach children. These days in America our goal seems to be concerned with how to trick, or worse, force a kid into learning. Instead what they really should be focusing on is how to relate the information to the child. That is how you get a child excited to learn.
When you’re learning, it’s important to make mistakes, that’s how you learn. When you spend 10 hours looking for what is wrong, and it turns out you wrote
if(x=1) when you meant
if(x==1), I can guarantee you the next time you look for why a piece of code is magically broken, that will be the first thing you’ll check. If you do this enough times, you’ll find yourself fixing stupid mistakes before you even make them. That’s how you get good.
As Merlin Mann would say: if you have 27 priorities because then you dont have any priorities. With schoolwork and work-work catching up to me I have very little time for my own coding. Its important for me to make sure I get done what I need to get done. Midterms, homework, deadlines and life have been making it difficult of late for me to sit down and churn out a bunch of code for myself, even though the things I want to do are quick and simple. When I do have some spare time it hurts to even think about coding.
Apple may not have formally said it, but they did have a “one more thing yesterday.” They pulled Siri from up their sleeves, which many technology pundits had predicted (kudos to 9to5mac.com on the original scoop). What is surprising to me is that a lot of people appear to be under the impression that Siri is a parlor trick that you can use to show off your phone. This is not voice control, this is not FaceTime, this isn’t even the Compass app. This is something you will use every day and come to rely on.