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What an arrogant, egotistical, asinine opinion to have. You sound like this is some kind of elite club. "NO PLEEBS ALLOWED!"! In one part of your article you question why people would learn to code, and ask what it could possible have to do with their job. "It is obvious to me how being a skilled reader, a skilled writer, and at least high school level math are fundamental to performing the job of a politician. Or at any job, for that matter. But understanding variables and functions, pointers and recursion? I can't see it. Seriously? How short sighted can you be? One might think a federal judge has no business knowing how to code, maybe you can tell that to Judge Alsup who was able to tell Oracle to get bent when they tried to baffle him with bullshit. He was able to do so because he sat down and said "Ok let's see what they are talking about." Technologists complain every day because the people who are making the laws in this country have no technological background therefore no point of reference and they make bad decisions because of this problem. Sure we can hire experts to advice, but really how well has that worked out for us. I'd like to point to exhibit A, our patent system. Learning to code teaches principles like problem solving, and abstract thinking. It allows the student to be master of a universe where their thoughts and creativity are the only limiting factors. You then go on to say that coding for money is a bad idea. I'd argue that this movement SUPPORTS that line of thinking. The pandora box is open Mr. Atwood. And while, no everyone shouldn't be plumbers, or mechanics, or farmers. Being able to fix a leak, or change the oil in your car, or grow a small garden are skills that are vital. How about we stop trying to be so elitist. Embrace the population as they start to embrace technology. It has empowered us for over 30 years. It's time to share our toys.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2012 on Please Don't Learn to Code at Coding Horror
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