Hadmut Danisch

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It’s Okay To NOT Learn How To Code

7.2.2016 19:12

Auch eine Herangehensweise an die Computertechnik:

Sonya Ellen Mann, wer auch immer das ist, schreibt:

Sometimes — actually quite often — I think to myself, “I should learn how to code.” When I’m feeling particularly peppy, I open up a Khan Academy tutorial. Then after a few minutes I get bored and scroll through Twitter instead. Sure, programming languages are cool and useful, but so is geometry, and I don’t spend my free time on that either.

Here’s the thing: if I were the type of person who would be good at coding, I would have already been playing with Python and Ruby for years. I would have been entranced by HTML in fifth grade — instead of learning the rudiments from Neopets and moving on — and I would have branched out from there.

Realistically, I don’t want to learn how to code. I want the social cachet of being able to build stuff using computers, and I want the high salary a programmer can command in today’s labor market. But there are much easier ways to garner social cachet, ways that exploit my comparative advantage. Maybe I won’t make as much money as the wizards who design APIs and put together apps, but that’s just a function of supply and demand. In other words, it’s a reflection of my skills’ economic value, not a reflection of my value as a human being. Besides, I’ll earn enough.

Äh, pfff, ja.

„ways that exploit my comparative advantage” – Surfen auf Feminismus und Frauenquote. Den Ruf als Computerfachkraft mitnehmen ohne Programmieren zu lernen.