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Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Software & systems
Author: Wisniewski, Jeff
Date: Nov/Dec 2012
Start Page: 57
Pages: 4
Section: control-shift
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It's lurking around every corner. It's there, behind every pretty Webpage, every pithy tweet, every engaging game. It's inescapable, this insidious beast. Its name is code. As Web-savvy librarians, this should come as no surprise. Some of you may speak code proficiently and write it prolifically. As the world has gone electronic and your lives increasingly digital, now is a good time to pause and examine the phenomenon that is code, particularly for code-novices. If you're interested in mobile, take a look at the Google-developed, Massachusetts Institute of Technology-hosted, App Inventor. This is a visual, browser-based tool that uses puzzlelike building blocks to create Android apps. If iOS is more your style, there's an online course for that. Stanford University makes freely available to the world a number of online courses, covering everything from cryptography to finance and, yes, mobile app development.

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