When the Heck Did Learning to Code Become Cool?


And why it sucks to be a beginner today…

If you — like me — became a software engineer before the Internet was at scale, back in the good-old-days when AOL was spamming our physical mailboxes with CDs — you may not appreciate how drastically becoming a software developer has changed.

Although the Internet has made our lives collectively easier, the dynamic of learning to program totally different from when I was starting out.

When the heck did learning to code become cool?

When I was teaching myself to program in high school, the attitude people had was “that’s just because Ken sucks at football” — not that I was some kind of glamorous rock star.

With the prevalence of social media, and the epic rise of companies like Instagram and “tech celebrities” like Zuckerburg, it has never been cooler to be a software developer.

How the world views developers in the ’90s and today:

If you’re reading this, you may still not believe me when I say in certain circles it’s very cool to say you can code. If you don’t believe me, there are a bunch of talks on YouTube, where you can watch people brag about how awesome they are because they can code to an audience that actually is listening and impressed.

While the image of developers has changed from some members of the general public — and I don’t have to feel embarrassed telling people I program computers for a living anymore — beginners that are looking to become software developers face a whole slew of problems that I never had to face.

Problem #1: You need to learn HTML9 Responsive BoilerStrap JS (or whatever JS Framework is trending today on HackerNews).

There’s a lot of hype out there about the next latest and greatest programming fad.

A lot of progress is being —> Read More