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Despite the fact that coding is not taught in 90 percent of schools in the United States, it is a skill that can empower a person to do many things that make it possible to achieve great successes. Coding refers to the writing of instructions by a programer in a programming language that is understood by a computer or other electronic device. Being able to code allows a person to be able to build websites, start a technology business, make a career of coding, and, at the very least, help one understand the technology that now shapes much of the world.
There is no shortage of business success stories that were made possible because a person learned coding. This includes Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey. Founding multi-million dollar companies is not the only career path for those who learn coding. NBA Superstar Chris Bosh thinks that everyone should learn code simply because nearly everything we interact with on a daily basis requires code to function. Bosh also feels that learning coding is an integral part of understanding how the world functions.
Rapper Will.i.am, one of the founding members of hip hop band Black Eyed Peas feels that coding is actually cooler than music. The rapper is currently taking classes to learn more about how to code.
The following video was put together for Code.org, a non-profit organization that focuses on computer programming education. The video is meant to encourage more students to take coding classes. Most schools do not offer such classes, and it is estimated that one million jobs in the United States may go unfilled because of this. The video stars Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony Hsieh, Drew Houston, Gabe Newell, Ruchi Sanghvi, Elena Silenok, Vanessa Hurst, and Hadi Partovi. It is directed by Lesley Chilcott.