Please do learn to code

Learning to code at a Free Code Camp Toronto coffee-and-code.

This morning I woke up to dozens of messages from students who had read an article titled “Please Don’t Learn to Code.”

At first, I assumed Jeff Atwood’s 2012 article had spontaneously reappeared on Reddit. But no — this was a brand new Tech Crunch article of the same name, which echoed Atwood’s assertion that encouraging everyone to learn programming is like encouraging everyone to learn plumbing.

Here’s why programming — unlike plumbing — is an important skill that everyone should learn: programming is how humans talk to machines.