Jessica Engström



Hour of Code

2015-12-02 15:36:00 +0000 is the non-profit organization behind the initiative to show that anybody can learn the basics of computer science, and give every student at least one Hour of Code.

One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages and is suitable for all ages.
The global movement reaches tens of millions of students in over 180 countries.

It's free to join in, both as a student and as an organizer.
Last time I checked there were 162 748 Hour of Code events planned around the world.


The main event takes place during December 7-13, but anyone can host an Hour of Code anytime and anywhere. They've chosen that date because it coincides with Computer Science Education Week.

You can find the tutorials here. They are clearly marked with suggested age categories, and all have different themes. For the younger students there are for example Star Wars, Minecraft and Frozen to choose from.
There are also a number of partner tutorials ranging from javascript and scratch to python and TouchDevelop.

Don't have devices or internet at your school or usergroup? No problem, they have even thought of that with their series of unplugged computer science material.
The suggested age range is 4-104 years.

I think it's a fantastic initiative, and our usergroup Coding After Work is naturally participating.


Visual Studio Customer Feedback

2014-10-02 23:00:00 +0000

Help the Visual Studio team to become better.
In Visual Studio 2013 the default setting is to not be part of the Customer Experience Improvement Program.
To help the Visual Studio team understand how you use Visual Studio and help them make a better product you need to opt-in to participate.

Go to the help menu and select "Customer Feedback Options"


Then select "Yes, I am willing to participate (recommended)"
You are now contributing to improving Visual Studio and helping the team making an even more awesome product.