Richard Ng

Tech, education, startups, D&I

🧑‍🌾 You're in my digital garden - a tangled web of incomplete and rough thoughts.

There have been 4 changes to Should you learn how to code? since it was first created (Jan 1, 2021).
Most recent changes*
*N.B. these change messages aren't always optimised for public readability
  • Note confidence benefits of coding 1/1/21
  • Articulate basic answer on whether or not someone should learn how to code 1/1/21
  • Document the utility of no-code tools 1/1/21
  • Noting the joy of building stuff 1/1/21

Should you learn how to code?

I'm sometimes asked about


But, of course, there's a prior question - should I learn how to code? - which I am asked about less.

Some things that fly around in this debate:

Some things which I think need articulating more:

My general opinion is:

  • almost everybody could learn how to code
  • I can't reasonably give a blanket answer as to whether a given person should learn how to code
  • but I think the answer is plausibly, yes, it would be a worthwhile investment for you to learn at least some coding for a significant proportion of people.

Why? Well, no matter what you want to do,


Some competency in coding - even if slight - can do someone a world of good in confidence because it can go some way to removing the perception