Edinburgh, UK (PRWEB UK) 30 January 2013
It has been well documented that the decline in computer science education in our schools has resulted in a shortage of skilled programmers and developers around the world. With more than 150,000 U.S. computer science jobs projected annually through 2020, only 40,000 graduates with degrees in the field are entering the workforce every year. RunRev announced today the first Kickstarter campaign to create an open source programming language with the goal of giving everyone the ability to code.
The LiveCode cross-platform development environment is already used by thousands of educators and students to teach and learn programming the easy way. Students as young as 12 are using the platform to create mobile and desktop apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux and Server -- all at once, from the single LiveCode code base. LiveCode has been credited with doubling uptake for computer science courses in schools around the world. With an open source edition available at no cost, RunRev hopes to further support educators in readying students for the explosion in software and development opportunities -- with 150,000 new jobs in computing expected each year through 2020.
Steven Whyte, computer science teacher at Gracemount High School, said, "Coding shouldn’t be a scary thing; it’s about getting students interested early on. When LiveCode came along, I was surprised by how easy it was to do that. The exciting thing is mobile app development, where students can put what they created on the computer onto their mobile devices. It’s so easy to do and students just can’t believe they’re creating their own apps. Since using LiveCode, we’ve seen a huge increase in the uptake in students wanting to take computing."
The Alarming State of Computer Science Education
The reasons for encouraging open source programming environments are clear:
LiveCode open source is ideally suited for learning and teaching computer programming and logical thinking, as well as creating and distributing open source apps, games and utilities. More information on the movement to take LiveCode open source is online here.
About RunRev Ltd.
RunRev makes the LiveCode cross-platform development environment for building sophisticated mobile, Web, desktop and server applications. The company aims to open doors with technology by empowering people to create apps through an intuitive and easy-to-learn programming language. The LiveCode English-like language and focus on instant results appeals to a wide range of users, from individuals and educators to corporate and enterprise developers. Considered a modern descendent of HyperCard, LiveCode offers a robust yet flexible path to cross-platform app creation. For more information, please visit http://www.runrev.com.
(1) National Center for Education Statistics
(2) College Board
(3) Bureau of Labor Statistics