Learn to Code, Learn Anything

May 17, 2012

There has been quite some debate recently about whether people should learn to code or shouldn’t learn to code. I think this trite squabbling is ridiculous and misses the point entirely.

The whole debate originated from a post Jeff Atwood made titled Please Don’t Learn to Code. The post establishes the fact that ordinary people should avoid learning to code because it’s pointless. The post also mentions that the effort spent learning to code ought to be spent learning something else. The whole article reeks of an oppressive, elitist tone. As a fellow programmer I can’t help but disagree with Jeff’s post.

Learning to code is something that should be embraced by any individual that shows interest. Whether you are looking for a new hobby or career change, you should learn to code. Learning to code is one of the key building blocks of becoming a programmer. Just like with writing a book, you must first learn how to write.

The fact of the matter is that you should learn to do whatever your heart desires. Don’t let other people dictate what you shouldn’t learn.