Is there really any question?
Daily, I read headlines like this one from Business Insider:
As a new coder/ social media manager, I logically latch onto this sort of headline for a couple of reasons:
- I know enough about social media tools to have quite a few really great ways of getting “alerts” and “favourite blogs” streaming right into my Inbox.
- I feel like an utter noob when it comes to programming and so I’ve got my filters set to include these kinds of posts.
(This is entirely of my own making so I’m really not meaning to complain as much as I am simply taking a moment to vent.)
WHY MUST THERE BE SO MANY POSTS BUILT AROUND THE IDEA THAT THERE ARE ESSENTIAL LANGUAGES? IS THAT NOT, BY DEFAULT, IMPLYING THAT OTHERS ARE NON-ESSENTIAL?
While it’s very convenient to gather viewers/ readers by speaking about beginning languages as “essential,” I believe the truer description of HTML5 and CSS3 might be “elemental.” Though writers may use these terms in a synonymous fashion, the denotation of each is quite different and most notable to those who truly dive into learning code languages.
My unsolicited advice:
To new coders: Best of luck! Stick with W3C for reference and find a supportive online coding school. Free Code Camp is my choice because I love the aspect of learning with people who are passionate about making this world a better place and use their platform to help non-profits.
To content marketers: Please be ethical with your word choices. Yours is a great power and is entrusted to you for the sake of steering people into directions of learning – and ultimately bettering the lives of your readers and their families. Could there be any more important digital role?
-End of vent