Last week I was reading the ‘Please don’t learn to code’ post by Jeff Atwood where he complaints about the intentions of Mike Bloomberg(New York City’s mayor) to learn coding. Although I think that Jeff is missing the point about what Mike Bloomberg is trying to achieve with this initiative, there are some other things inside his blog post that resonates with me.
Jeff talks about the fact that writing more code is most of the time not the desirable thing. It took me a long time to understand as a programmer that my job was not writing as much code as possible. Instead the real skill is writing as little code as possible. (I think I have some colleagues that can agree that I’m more busy removing code, instead of writing )
There are a lot of people out there that can code way better than me , but I do not care. I have evolved from someone who thought that coding was the goal to someone that believes that problem solving is my main job. And writing code is just a tool in my tool belt to solve these problems.
So goodbye ‘Bart the programmer’, here is ‘Bart the problem solver’.
Remark: If you don’t know Mr. Wolf, go watch Pulp Fiction!