Is Code a Language You Should Speak?

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Math is great. It’s understood no matter where you are and by basically everyone you’re around. It has been the world’s universal language for thousands of years. And it will always hold a valuable place in communication, but isn’t there something more out there? Something that starts with simple numbers, letters, and shapes like math, but has the ability to produce something so much more impressive to your average person?

I think there is, and I think it’s computer code. Something that right now is only taught in one of 10 schools, according to a great new video about why coding should be taught in school. CodeEd is another program which reaches out to girls in underserved communities. However, I believe code is something that should be learned instead of taught, and there are great resources out there including Coding for Good and Code Academy. These unique programs allow anyone to learn at their own speed, and often, for free. There are even video games that teach coding available for the consumer.

Now let’s not get ahead of ourselves too quickly. Computer coding, just like math, is only part of a communication pathway. You also need ideas, art, formats, expertise, and countless other elements to make it valuable to the person you are communicating with. But it also may become a skill you can’t live without.

Computers, and more importantly the Internet, are becoming increasingly common in the world today. Your online life is no longer stuck to the desktop; it can travel with you on tablets and smartphones. And users are getting more interactive and social through these channels. This channel is spanning the globe to create a more universal and visual language that makes sense regardless of how you speak.

So do you need to speak code? I think you do. Regardless of where your interests or profession lies, a little bit of code could bring your ideas to life for more than the people in the room. You could quickly reach out to thousands or millions of new people who can now understand what you’re saying because of the way your code presents it. Pretty smart stuff.

Written by: Travis Taggart
Travis is a regular contributor to the Ashford University blog.

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