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No, Learning to Code Won’t Instantly Make You Rich, but That’s Not Why You Should Do It

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Dave Winer, an early blogger, developer of syndication tech like RSS, and personality of some influence in the tech world, has a new post out arguing that learning to code won’t make you rich or powerful.

At face value, that certainly seems to be the case. No, coding doesn’t inherently make you rich, but it certainly can. That’s not the key point I disagree with, though, it’s the second adjective. What learning to code definitely does do is make you powerful. Not the kind of power that executives wield in the boardroom, but the real kind of power in the tradition of scientia est potentia: knowledge.