Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Computer programming is the new literacy (OUP)

It’s widely held that computer programming is the new literacy. (Disagreement can be found, even among computing professionals, but it’s not nearly as common.) It’s an effective analogy. We all agree that everyone should be literate, and we might see a natural association between writing letters for people to read and writing programs for computers to carry out. We also find a historical parallel to the pre-Gutenberg days, when written communication was the purview mainly of the aristocracy and professional scribes. Computation is an enormously valuable resource, and we’re only beginning to explore the implications of its being inexpensively and almost universally available.
But is programming-as-literacy an appropriate analogy? We tend to think that basic literacy is achieved by someone who can say, “Yes, I can read and write.” Let’s see what this means in the context of programming.

Read the rest on the OUPblog, "Oxford University Press's Academic Insights for the Thinking World."

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I agree computer programming has become a new way or literacy. Programmer have to create his program by using programming language and also have to make a path to create more advance programming. Thanks for sharing your post with all...
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