Hey Larry — awesome post. You’re right, learning to code is important and will definitely open up a number of doors for anyone in their future endeavours.
To add to your “15 minute” theme, we’ve got a book that we share for free with everyone. It’s titled Learn Ruby in 15 minutes and provides an intro to new enthusiasts to Ruby — a widely popular language to learn.
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