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I think you make a fair point about what has been a pretty over-hyped initiative. As a non-coder, I've found it exciting to give some of this stuff a go and tinker around with a bit of javascript and html. I wanted to learn rails and a few people recommended good resources for me to use but I pretty much got stuck at gem install. Some ground knowledge is usually assumed by even the most basic explanations. Even at the humble age of 27, I'm coming to accept that maybe I'm just not willing to invest the time required to learn to code properly and I'm happy to leave it to the experts. I want to learn to code for two reasons. One of these, which you and other commenters have dwelled on, is so that I can understand how it all fits together. I work with developers so I have a better understanding than many but I still feel I don't know some of the basics. I want to be informed about the choices we make to solve certain problems. I'd also like to know when I should defer to people with more knowledge, and when they might be bullshitting me. The second reason I want to learn to code is so that I can create prototypes and hack things together to test out ideas, without having to rely on other people. I've found it difficult to find good resources for picking up this high level knowledge. It seems like often the only way in is just to get stuck in and start learning how to do it from scratch, however long that may take. So, since you recognise that some knowledge and understanding of what code is and what it means to the world is important, what resources would you recommend for acquiring it?
Toggle Commented May 15, 2012 on Please Don't Learn to Code at Coding Horror
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