What if coding were invented by women

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I teach technology, mostly digital design but also entry level coding.

I learned to code in my early 30s. I started with HTML which is not considered a programming language but it’s coding nonetheless. I moved on and taught Javascript, CSS and eventually Actionscript.

I’ve learned one thing during my teaching practice: coding was created by men for men. Women don’t think like men and the result is a gender imbalance in the tech industry.

Coding is unnecessarily complicated. The terminology is beyond most people’s middle school maths knowledge.

Imagine, though, if coding were developed by women. Code would reside in a humanities curriculum rather than with the unforgiving syntax and intricate terminology of mathematics.

A new programming language would be based on alliteration, assonance, emotive language, colloquialisms, slang, jargon, neologism, cliché, simile, metaphor, idioms, personification, hyperbole, allusion, symbolism, synechdoche, metonomy and more.

Instead of methods and functions we could have sarcasm and irony. Do while loops become rhetorical questions encouraging satire and parody to replace if/else statements.

More women would work in the high paying tech industry.

Not only would they have an opportunity to develop gadgets but they’d ensure they could multi-task too.

Instead, we are left with men who develop programs like Twitter. 

Twitter, with its 140 character word limit, sums up the conversational ability of most males.

And this is why women don’t become programmers.

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Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.



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