Get them started at a free, online introduction to programming course that Microsoft began offering today.
Called Beginner Developer Learning Center, the site looks like a cool way for anyone to learn about programming and Web development.
Yes, it has Microsoft’s spin and it’s evangelizing to a younger audience. But it’s potentially a great resource for people who want to get started and can’t access or afford classes.
Developer division boss S. Somasegar introduced the site on his blog, saying the center is part of an ongoing effort to “decrease the barriers of entry to software development”:
I encourage you to walk through a couple of lessons with your children, friends or family — this could be a fun way for people to create and customize. With this, we are getting closer to our vision of anyone and everyone to participate more in this online, digital age.