Michael Bloomberg, Javascript Jockey

Here’s Jeff Atwood with some, perhaps needed, pushback on the whole “everyone should learn to code” thing. The final straw for him was Mayor Bloomberg’s recent tweet:

Jeff asks: if everyone needs to code, how would coding make the Mayor better at his job?

Most jobs don’t need coding today, that’s a fact. But here are some other arguments:

  • Substantially all productivity improvements in most industries are coming from coding.
  • There are people out there who would be excellent programmers today if they were exposed to programming at a young enough age.
  • The world needs more programmers solving programming problems.

My love affair with coding as a macro phenomenon isn’t about supporting today’s patters of production, it’s about supporting the rate of change of those patterns.

Michael Bloomberg, who owns a software company fercrissakes, should support this movement.

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