What is Code?
Ford also managed to get rid of the stigma of coders as geniuses who sit in a dark corner and code for days. He portrayed coders as an ecosystem- as a culture of ordinary people. He also successfully personifies it with the symbol of “the man in the taupe blazer”.
A few other points truly stood out to me. One was how quickly code becomes obsolete. I was aware of this fact upon entering this field — but I never truly stopped to think about how what I’m learning now may be irrelevant in 5 years. In other classes, you may learn theorems that have held true for centuries- but in computer science, what you learn is ever-changing. This fact is exciting yet frightening, for it is possible that my career will center upon a programming language that hasn’t even been created yet.
I hope that Ford’s piece made programming seem feasible to those who were previously diverted from it. Technology is so prevalent in today’s society; those who shy away from it should at least have a basic knowledge of it. I think that Ford truly hit the nail on the head, and if more people-especially women- were exposed to such a comprehensible summary of programming, they would give it a shot.