I spent Friday visiting with high school Computer Science teachers at the St Joseph's College (Long Island NY) programming competition. This is always a good time for me. Every year I have some good conversations. Some with teachers I see there year after year and some with teachers I am meeting for the first time. This year I got the chance to meet with Michael Zamansky who heads the computer science program at Stuyvesant High School in New York City. (His blog is at C'est la Z BTW) Stuyvesant is one of the top high schools in the country and the arch rival of Brooklyn Tech where I went to high school. We still had a great time together. Smile Mike was telling me how about the growth in his school’s computer science program since they got a computer science course to be a required course.  This has done wonders for increasing the enrollment of girls in more advanced courses as well. I may have more to say about that later in the week.

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My friend Edwin Guerin writes about Getting an App in the Windows Store: What, Why, and How. Something you may want to read before/after the Windows 8 Dev Camp videos.

The article I responded to with Please Don’t Learn To Code had a lot of other responses on the Internet. AQ couple of my favorites are :

Congratulations  Cameron Evans @educto (Microsoft’s CTO for Education),  Mark Guzdial @guzdial (the best CS education blog around) and Audrey Watters (one of the best education technology reporters on the Internet) @audreywatters for making the Top 50 Must Read Blogs in Higher Education by EdTech Magazine. All great people with great blogs. There are other blogs on the list but these three I read regularly and are written by people I know personally and whose work I can personally recommend.  

From the people at @HPCodeWars (a large and amazing HS programming competition in Texas) tweeted a link to  Why do so many icons use outdated technological representations? Which is another great Scott Hanselman post. Lots of potential for discussion about user interfaces here.

New from @TheCampusCoder is Campus Coder show #2 with @niccolley, get tons of insight into game development.