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Learn to code in a day

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I read with great interest a recent TechCrunch article from a developer named Basel Farag. In " Please Don't Learn to Code ," the author makes a compelling case as to why courses and bootcamps for everyday people to learn programming aren't all they're cracked up to be.

And as with so many professions, there's a big difference between playing a few coding games to learn the basics and becoming a professional.

It's problematic when someone who lacks a certain depth of knowledge or experience accepts the responsibility to complete a task they aren't qualified to do. But here's the problem with that idea: Coding is not the new literacy. In his explanation of why learning to code doesn't make one a programmer, Basel missed a very important point: Not everyone wants to be a programmer. Coding has so many incredibly useful, important applications in many facets of business and marketing.

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Take, for example, the entrepreneur who has funding to hire just two programmers for her startup. How is she to evaluate the expertise and experience of those programmers without some basic understanding of what it is they do?

Or consider the small local business owner who's finally hired his first marketing firm. They've set him up with a great content management system CMSbut it would be so much more cost and time efficient for him to make some of the smaller website changes he finds himself needing from time to time if he could just do it himself.

Heck, my entire pay-per-click PPC software company sprung from a piece of software I built for Learn to code in a day to automate some of the repetitive tasks I had to do in PPC advertising consulting. Let's rid ourselves of the idea that only geeks and techies need to learn how to program--it's just not true.

Coding isn't trendy or some kind of fad. It's the language that drives much of our world today, from the wearable devices we're now sporting, to the tools we use in the workplace, to the smart appliances in our homes.

I've written before on how to choose which programming language to learnand where you can learn to code for free. Gamification makes learning fun, regardless of your age, and you can use apps on the go whenever you have time, from your mobile device. Videos, quizzes, and expert instruction by programmers from Google, Facebook, and other major companies make this a valuable app. Download it free for Android from Google Play. Designed with graphics for kids but great for Learn to code in a day of all ages, Tynker uses puzzles to teach coding basics, then lets users build their own games.

Get the app from iTunes.

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