Hour of Code: Apple offers free one-hour coding classes at retail stores on December 11

“If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to write computer software, you can now sign up for a free one-hour class at your local Apple Store,” Salvador Rodriguez reports for The Los Angeles Times.

“The tech giant will be holding introductory computer science classes at its retail stores Wednesday as part of a national initiative called ‘Hour of Code’ that aims to get all people to learn basic coding,” Rodriguez reports. “‘Visit your favorite Apple Retail Store on December 11 for a free one hour workshop designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics of computer programming,’ Apple’s website says.”

“‘Hour of Code’ is an initiative aimed at kids and teenagers,” Rodriguez reports. “The organization behind the initiative is Code.org, a nonprofit that is dedicated to expanding computer science education.”

More info and links in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “David G.” for the heads up.]


  1. The links take me to my local Apple Store website where there is no mention of any such program. It is obvious that the White House was involved with this project. It is “404.”

  2. Why in the middle of the week? Some of us in rural areas would have a hard time even on the weekend, and mid-week makes it highly impractical, if not impossible (if you want to keep your day job, marriage, etc.).

    Hope it can be found on iTunes University or some such.

  3. To find the workshop, click on the link from the Los Angeles Times news story to visit the website, enter your details to find the store nearest you, and then when the list (if more than one) appears, click on the link Store Details in the list, very important. Then scroll down the summary page. You will see a list of upcoming workshops. For Los Angeles residents, all the sites I visited say ‘Workshop Is Full’. You may have to ask nicely at the store you want to visit whether you can just stand and listen.

  4. While I applaud these efforts, exactly how much useful information will someone actually pick up in an hour? After all, most programmers spend a minimum of four years in a Computer Science or Engineering program to (really) learn this stuff. Granted, it doesn’t take that long to learn basic-level coding, but one hour? C’mon.

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