Should you learn to code in 2012?

More than 250,000 people, including New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, have pledged to learn to program this year. Here's why you should join them.

In a digital world, is computer programming language the language we should all understand? That’s the premise of Douglas Rushkoff’s book Program or be Programmed which argues those that program, write software, design interfaces and own the pipes are the elites of the digital world, in the same way those that had access to the printing press held influence in the past.

Perhaps if some of Australia’s business leaders knew how to code they would see the digital world in a different light.

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