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Barack Obama is the first U.S. president to code

December 9th, 2014 at 6:50 AM
Barack Obama Hour of Code Event

The 44th President of the United States happens to be the first president to write a computer program, Wired reports. Barack Obama on Monday hosted a special “Hour of Code” event in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, part of the annual Computer Science Education Week, during which he wrote a simple computer program that draws a square on a screen.

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“Learning these skills isn’t just important for your future. It’s important for our country’s future,” Obama said last year, promoting the same Computer Science Education Week event. “If we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change the way we do just about everything.”

Attending the event where 20 middle school students, who joined the president on Hour of Code tutorials. Obama didn’t complete the tutorial from start to finish, co-founder Hadi Partovi told Wired, but he went from station to station to observe the students work. He completed some of the exercises involved in the tutorials, using Google’s Blockly tool and JavaScript. is an organization ho promotes computer science education, having introduced the Hour of Code last year. “All programming starts simple,” Partovi said, commenting on Obama’s first coding effort. “No one starts by creating a complicated game.”

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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