A blogger named ‘why the lucky stiff’ argues that we need more little languages for kids to play with. When we were young, every computer system had an included programing language which let one play around. I myself was inspired by the Basic available for our TI-99/4a; it’s no doubt a large part of the reason that I’m now a software developer.
But most devices these days lack such accessible tools, and hence kids are much less likely to get drawn into programming. This could hurt in the years to come. And besides, wasn’t one of the great ideas of the personal computer revolution that everyone would be a programmer someday?
04 February 2018: updated URL & text