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An anonymous reader writes "Derek Sivers, creator of online indie music store CD Baby, has a post about why he thinks basic programming is a useful skill for everybody. He quotes a line from a musician he took guitar lessons from as a kid: "You need to learn to sing. Because if you don't, you're always going to be at the mercy of some a****** singer." Sivers recommends translating that to other areas of life. He sayds, 'The most common thing I hear from aspiring entrepreneurs is, "I have this idea for an app or site. But I’m not technical, so I need to find someone who can make it for me." I point them to my advice about how to hire a programmer, but as most of the good ones are already booked solid, it’s a pretty helpless position to be in. If you heard someone say, "I have this idea for a song. But I’m not musical, so I need to find someone who will write, perform, and record it for me." — you’d probably advise them to just take some time to sit down with a guitar or piano and learn enough to turn their ideas into reality. And so comes my advice: Yes, learn some programming basics. Just some HTML, CSS, and JavaScript should be enough to start. ... You don’t need to become an expert, just know the basics, so you’re not helpless.'"
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Learn Basic Programming So You Aren't At the Mercy of Programmers

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  • 'The most common thing I hear from aspiring entrepreneurs is, "I have this idea for an app or site. But I'm not technical, so I need to find someone who can make it for me."

    Your app is also about content, about design.

    If you setting out to run with the pros --- which is what entrepreneurship is all about --- the code, the content, and the design of your app all has to look the work of a pro. There are no shortcuts.

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