Maybe I Don’t Want to Learn Programming

Ever since 2012, when Code Year started (or rather, when the mass media took notice of the website and I first read about it), there have been a plethora of articles about Americans’ dismal coding skills. We have no computer programming skills, the articles cry, and therefore our country is just going to the dogs.

To their credit, some people spoke out against this idea, most notably Jeff Atwood of Coding Horror, who wrote a post titled Please Don’t Learn to Code. He appears to be in the minority, though, as legions of people continue to write article bemoaning our lack of tech savvy.

I have tried to learn to code for ages now and have finally reached an important conclusion: I just don’t like it. I don’t particularly want to learn to code. I find the whole activity rather tedious. I cannot explain my frustration that I feel when one small typo makes an entire set of code not work correctly. I’m sure I am intelligent enough to learn if I weren’t so unmotivated. (I learned Russian in four years, people. I’d like to see some of these hotshot programmers who say that coding is just so easy do that.)

I enjoy doing stuff with HTML and CSS to tweak my website. But I think my days trying to master Python, Ruby, and the like are over. I’ll stick to writing and foreign languages, thank you very much.


3 thoughts on “Maybe I Don’t Want to Learn Programming

  1. I just recently came to the same conclusion. I’ve known HTML / CSS for ages, and over the years, have attempted on numerous occasions to learn PHP, or Python, or (most recently, a few weeks ago), jQuery. I just don’t like it. After spending 20 minutes trying to chase down a stray semicolon that was making the whole thing not work, I said forget it.


    1. Yep! I know what you mean. There’s nothing worse than spending an inordinate amount of time chasing after a stupid semicolon that’s messing things up.


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