Coding Is The New Literacy

Something to consider for those who want to stay at the top of the innovation curve. It’s also worth noting those with programming skills are highly employable. They can live and work anywhere. There’s a shortage of women (especially ‘women of color’) in technology. Which also means these are lucrative positions.

I’m studying Python right now. You don’t need a computer science degree to understand it! As I move into the ownership class, I’ll be able to attract stronger business partners for the tech-based projects that interest me if I have a working knowledge of the back end fundamentals.

It’s something worth looking into for yourself, but especially as a key skill set for the upcoming generations of girls. I’ll update the post with additional resources if there’s a healthy response.

16 Replies to “Coding Is The New Literacy”

  1. This is a wonderful post! I just started learning Java and hope to move on to Objective C and Python. I want to develop programming and analysis skills, but I've already spent so much time and money in school. I haven't been able to justify spending the money to go back. I'm still trying to figure out how to become employable with the knowledge but without the credentials. Thanks!

  2. I love this conversation! I'm leaving the rat race and since I will have extra time outside of my other sources of income, I was thinking of learning a programming language to create more income streams. And boom, this post appears!

    Thanks everyone for the post and replies. This is what I needed.

    1. Great! You can connect with groups like Ladies Learning Code to network with women programmers.

    1. Thank you!!! I'm using materials that have you write your own video games as you go, but I will look into the links you've provided as well.

        1. The software engineers from Twitter I believe have rewritten some of their Ruby on Rails code in Scala which I gather is supposed to handle high web traffic better than the other solutions available. However I do not know how many known commercial websites are using it. It will be something to look at. I plan to check out Scala in the future since I have gotten past the fear of jumping into the new stuff after decades of using 30 year old technology.

          1. I was able to get some one-on-one Python tutoring from a major developer (thanks C!) who showed me how to adapt the code to C++, Ruby, Java. So I saw first hand how simple it is to switch back and forth once you've mastered Python. I was very relieved actually.

        2. I found out about Coursera a few weeks ago and think the idea is fantastic. Already signed up for Intro to Finance and Intro to Programming!

  3. It is great to see people finally getting a clue and realizing that for the most part many people could get into the tech field. I have told women for decades (yes decades) that if you can follow a recipe and prepare a meal they can learn how to do computer programming. Not too many have done that but I used that analogy when I would train them on how to use their newly purchased personal computers.

    After being out of software development since 1999 I realized that I probably needed to do something 🙂 My husband & I own a fairly new business where we plan to develop different types of commercial products, including web projects. After checking the career sections of high traffic websites such as Twitter, Groupon, Shopify and others we decided that we would use Ruby on Rails for web development and the PostgreSQL database. Bernard found a Ruby on Rails tutorial at Barnes & Noble which included video that I was able to understand and learn it enough to start writing software. I am rewriting one of our websites for our web ministry as a practice run before I start working on our commercial web project. It took us a while to find that Tulsa Community College taught Ruby and Ruby on Rails classes. I just enrolled in the Ruby class for the fall. I feel that a Ruby class will be helpful in learning the new programming terms. Hopefully they will have enough students enrolled. I have been translating the current terms into what I am familiar with from the mainframe days. I need to get up to speed with the current terminology.

    Python is a popular programming language as well that many use. My husband's son works as a mathematician of some sort doing research for Apple. When he needs to do some programming he uses Python.

    Bernard & I are learning this stuff primarily to be able to determine who are the best candidates for software engineers when we grow to the point of needing a really IT staff. Right now I will be the software engineer for our web projects.

    1. That's awesome! And you're right, basic programming is EASIER than baking. With coding you're asking questions to see IF what you build fits. With baking, if your measurements are off (i.e. not enough baking powder), your food is ruined. Thankfully developing web-based projects work differently.

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