This week is Computer Science Education Week, the annual push to get more students interested in programming. As part of this year's festivities, companies like Microsoft, Apple, Google, Yahoo and others are encouraging young people to take part in an Hour of Code. These are special tutorials designed to introduce basic development principles and techniques.
The Hour of Code initiative was started by the non-profit Code.org. Organization cofounder Hadi Partovi reports that 5 million students in 35,000 schools from 167 countries have signed up to take part in the project already. Partovi noted, "We’ve had unprecedented support—not only from CEOs, celebrities, and world leaders, but from teachers, parents and students, in the thousands and millions, to spread a simple idea: that computer science should be accessible to every 21st-century student."