Stop saying learning to code is easy

I saw this tweet after the Apple WWDC keynote and had thought the same thing. Hang on, programming is hard. Rewarding, sure. Interesting, totally. But “easy” sets folks up for failure and a lifetime of self-doubt.

Hearing the WWDC keynote say coding isn’t hard frustrates me. It’s extremely hard. You’re setting beginners up for huge disappointments.



When we tell folks – kids or otherwise – that programming is easy, what will they think when it gets difficult? And it will get difficult. That’s where people find themselves saying “well, I guess I’m not wired for coding. It’s just not for me.”