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If this article is satire (a "Modest Proposal" about the year of code?), it is genius. Otherwise, it smacks of trolling and makes me sad. 1. You discourage the mayor of New York from bothering with any knowledge over a basic High School education (but really, does he even need to know Geometry? (Never mind that politicians are the ones making the rules controling the interweb tubes) 2. Nobody should know how their plumbing works? A wrench is just a tool (like programming)... not everyone needs to know how to turn one. Being able to fix your own leaky faucet is a waste of time and cannot possible help you in other areas 3. Laymen don't need to know about programming... they just need to understand how computers work? You know, they should have a good feel for how a computer "thinks", and why it only does exactly what you tell it. Nevermind that government is run on Excel spreadsheets... which are filled with formulas and function calls and maybe a little VB (pointed out by WimD and others) Nevermind the assumption that everyone who reads Learn Java in 24 hours will start looking for a dev job (covered well in other comments)
Toggle Commented May 15, 2012 on Please Don't Learn to Code at Coding Horror
I'm not convinced Twitter is an organizational strategy. Cindy's Twitter feed reads like a personal account (but branded under Teaching Hands). It no doubt helped her get more exposure, but I think it had more to do with Cindy than with Twitter. I imagine that Cindy could simply have hung out at Happy Hours around Boise--chatting and sharing info about Teaching Hands--with similar effect. Cindy has done a great job creating a community, and Twitter is a good tool for communicating. But, is this a repeatable recipe for other nonprofits? Your nonprofit needs champions, "the promoters who are good communicators and have a good network to promote the idea through" ( This is something the organization should focus on. These champions can use a variety of tools. Twitter is one. It is more than just a symantic difference. It has to do with who makes the decision to use Twitter. A nonprofit's management should not read this post and say, "we need Twitter". What they need is a champion. On the other hand, individuals should consider using Twitter as a method of communicating with their network (or recommend Twitter to one of the champions).