https://www.tes.com/news/inspire-your-pupils-real-world-coding-challenges-sponsored Reading this article takes me back to the good old days of the Sinclair ZX80, ZX81 and the good old spectrum. It seemed everybody was mad keen on coding and writing their own programmes then. Using Sinclair's version of basic, kids and adults would be up all night getting their latest programmes to work. You could buy magazines with programmes in that you laboriously typed in on your little rubbery keyboards. You saved your programmes on a cassette tape recorder. The rich kids had a BBC micro with a five and a quarter inch floppy disc drive. Despite the hours spent coding, editing and refining the programmes they were, for the most part, absolute sh *te. Clunky low-res graphics and minimal memory. It was only with the advent of the PC that home computing became useful. You can download free copies of office software; spreadsheets, word processors that it would take an individual literally thousands of hours to programme. Coding can be absorbing, challenging and great fun and there is certainly a place for it in schools but, except for the few that become professional programmers, most students will never again write code for the rest of their lives. But there again the same is true for many other school subjects. So why am I starting this thread? Nostalgia I suppose. Happy days.