Learning To Program Does Not Mean You’ll Be A Programmer

Dan Bridge, , Aug 11, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I agree with the sentiment, expressed in this post, that people should learn to program, as it develops key communications and reasoning skills. But this article, like so many like it, does not say exactly what 'to program' means. Hire someone these days and they'll be skilled at installing frameworks and configuring databases, but poor at writing code from scratch. Or, like me, they may be able to hack some Perl, but be oblivious to software engineering. There's no single discipline any more. As the case for most things.

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