So today see’s the launch of “Raspberry Pi” a credit card sized computer that is designed to get kids into web programming.
It’s a very basic system in the first instance, as you would expect for something of it’s size, but it’s taken 6 years to to get the product on the market. It is sent out uncased, chip and all, with a simple set of ports that will connect to any standard keyboard, mouse and monitor.
It’s been introduced to try and introduce more children in to the world of programming, largely through it being introduced into schools.
It’s a good job this is the primary aim too, as I can imagine to look on kids faces that open this on their birthday. Much like the year my father gave me a chemistry set instead of the latest version of Sonic the hedgehog….
Suffice it to say I was not impressed.
However I don’t think we can argue against the fact the UK would benefit from a push in this direction. Although we are more than happy with the current multi cultural office we have, we are always surprised how few of the applications we recive for vacancies are from home turf.
It looks like a good step in the right direction to up and hopefully when we come to recruit for a new web design or web development role in 10 years time we will see the results. Who knows, but in my opinion we do have some catching up to do, and this looks like a step in the right direction.