November is a lot of things. Movember, National Novel Writing Month, and now Codevember.
Think about it. Code is the collection of languages that makes all of the internet and all of your software possible. Coding's one of the most sought-after skills in our economy. But while it grows in importance, it's seriously under-represented in schools. We put energy into standardized tests, but not much into programming languages that underpin our economy.
Codevember helps demystify code for older generations, too. The economy has been hit with lots of structural unemployment. Many machinists, typists and paralegals are finding that their jobs have been replaced by new technology, or outsourced. Codevember is a way to introduce them to a variety of skills that can jump-start their lives.
Coding is often seen as mysterious, something for power-nerds only. That shouldn't be the case. Code is just language. If you can speak, you can do it. Skill levels will vary, of course, but these days everyone should know at least the basics.
Next year, I'm hoping to see this movement really take off. Did you do Codevember this year? Are you excited for next year, yet?