On writing and coding

Michael Lopp, Please Learn to Write

Writing appears more forgiving because there is no compiler or interpreter catching your its/it’s issues or reminding you of the rules regarding that or which. Here’s the rub: there is a compiler and it’s fucking brutal. It’s your readers. Your readers are far more critical than the Python interpreter. Not only do they care about syntax, but they also want to learn something, and, perhaps, be entertained while all this learning is going down. Success means they keep coming back — failure is a lonely silence.

Learning to write is a far broader and more essential skill for the world than learning to code. Coding can be left to the specialists, writing is needed by everyone.

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