It’s a language
And what’s the benefit of learning a language? Or at least having some understanding of one? Breaking down barriers of communication and understanding. Whether they be physical or mental.
I’m sure 95% of you who are reading this know what “hola” or “adios” means, right? It’s Spanish for hello and goodbye, respectively. Now although you may have these two words down packed in your international vocabulary, I’m sure most of you aren’t fluent in the latin tongue. But for those of you who are bilingual or are fluent in more than two languages, can’t you testify that having some understanding of another language is a good thing?
I think that’s the same approach we need to use when it comes to code. Everyone should have a basic understanding of what it is, what it entails, and what it can do (a lot). After all, it’s behind most of the things we interact with on a daily basis. And having this basic knowledge will help many understand what’s possible for our ever innovating world. That’s not to say, however, that everyone needs to ‘fluent,’ code for a living, or even build and ship something. Just know what PHP stands for. That’s all. We fear what we don’t know. ‘Geeks’ and ‘nerds’ as we’re called, are crutch words for those who don’t know.
But if they knew…