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Interested in learning how to code? Then you may want to stop by your local Apple Store. Apple has joined the likes of Google and Microsoft in participating in the Hour of Code program, and will be hosting free one-hour classes at its stores this week.

The Hour of Code project aims to demystify computer science for students and show them that anyone can learn the basics of programming. And it does this by offering up introductory tutorials that can be completed online, a smartphone or unplugged…

From Apple’s website (via IfoAppleStore):

“As a part of Computer Science Education Week (December 9-15), is organizing a worldwide campaign to get 10 million students of all ages to participate in the Hour of Code. It’s a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of programming. “The ability to code and understand the power of computing is crucial to success in today’s hyper-connected world,” says former Vice President Al Gore. Apple Retail Stores will also host one-hour workshops for children and teens throughout the United States on Dec. 11.”

If you’re interested, you can visit to find out more info on the project, or you can register for a workshop.

  • chumawumba

    I doubt one hour will even cover the basics.

    • Rowan09

      Well very basic. You can learn to write a simple program in minutes, so you can cover a lot in an hour.

    • Nate McKelvie

      ” And it does this by offering up introductory tutorials that can be completed online, a smartphone or unplugged…”

      To me it sounds like the one hour is jus the introduction to the material, which you in turn learn from home.

    • Yash Gorana

      data types: int,float, double, long, char, bool : Time to learn 5 mins.

      Functions : time to learn 10 mins
      Function overloading : time to learn 5 mins-10 mins

      if else-if else, for loop, switch : time to learn 20 mins.

      Well that pretty much covers the basic. The rest all is logic.

  • ✪ aidan harris ✪

    The real reason Apple is probably doing this is the simple fact that the more people that get interested in programming, the more money Apple makes from developer memberships…

    • Rowan09

      This isn’t an Apple thing though it’s for getting people involved in Computer Science.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        So you think they’ll be programming on Windows? I’m pretty sure they’ll be using Macs and if they really like it then they will probably end up purchasing a developer membership for themselves in order to continue learning at home…

      • Rowan09

        In the Apple Stores no but this is available from the Apple store and online. Even in the Apple store you would be learning about programming which is done on a Mac but can be used for any system. My point is the basis is to learn programming and learn about Computer Science.

  • Vivek Raja

    In the video when Obama says, “Don’t just play on your phone, program it.” All I could think about is jailbreak and how they might make it illegal soon

  • chumawumba

    Already ful in my local store

  • Vitaliy Anonymous

    As a hobbyist programmer myself, I am curious how well will this turn out. With the rise of patent trolls, I am personally a bit scared of developing a software, and selling it publicly. If get a lawsuit for some ridiculous patent, I would not be able to afford to pay off the fine. Now imagine hundreds and thousands of new developers having that lawsuit.