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Surprising study reveals what makes a good coder, and it’s not math

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Turns out that the most important aptitude for coders is not math or engineering but . . . the ability to learn languages.

This is a big deal! Our cultural and educational practices favor math and engineering whizzes for lucrative coding careers. “Many barriers to programming, from prerequisite courses to stereotypes of what a good programmer looks like, are centered around math abilities, and that is not born out in our data,” says Chantel Prat, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Washington, who led a study published today in Nature‘s Scientific Reports. “Information about what it takes to be good at programming is critically missing in a field that has been notoriously slow in closing the gender gap.”

The study was small,

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