Seems like there is quite a bit of brouhaha going on over Atwood’s Please Don’t Learn how to code post. Case in point:

I have yet another view on this matter, that disagrees equally with everybody. Consider the following contrived diagrams that I will use to prove my point. Some people in the “You must learn how to program” have the following world view:

Whereas the reality is more like this:

I think the message we should be sending should be “Coding is easy”, not “You should learn to code”. With the message out there, I trust the educators pick programming up and use it as a means to an end, rather than for its own sake.

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16 May 2012