"I bought the Apple Watch a year ago. I stopped wearing it two months ago, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever wear it again. That’s because it doesn’t really do anything that anyone needs, and even when it does, it doesn’t always work like it’s supposed to. Here are some things I learned over the past year of strapping the screen vibrator to my wrist."
I don't think a 10-year old would ever understand "grep" or "awk", for example, no matter how patiently you explained it. I think it's way too hard to get a young child to understand the condensed code AND learn the programming concepts.
And yet, 20 years ago we did exactly that.... What has changed is what we aspired to... I was happy to be able to write a "Donkey" clone in a higher level language (not BASIC). Kids these days see GTA4 and want to code that and that's simply not going to happen.
I guess your sig is all too true in this context.
There was a lot wrong with AT&T back then. Now it's sorted, sort of. Even the name AT&T has changed hands twice, but the last company to buy the name seems determined to validate the negative reminiscences. They don't have to care: they're the phone company.
If that's an hubris you can buy, let me put my bid in at a buck and a half.
If at first you don't succeed, you must be a programmer.