Just what is a developer?

Technologies making it easy to build and deploy apps means almost anyone can be a developer, whether they know anything about computer science or not

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In late January, startup Code School -- you can guess what they do -- was purchased by Pluralsight. (I'll save you a Google; it does online learning for designers and software engineers in service to the idea of capital-C capital-L Code Literacy.) Code Literacy, of course, is the notion that learning to read and write code is the new learning to read and write. 

That notion is catching fire: No less than President Obama has called for more code education in schools, while New York-based code school General Assembly takes in funding and turns out newly-trained developers. It's all aimed at feeding the Silicon Valley tech machine, which has been shouting about a tech talent (and diversity) shortage for some time now, and pushing for immigration reform to get more skilled developers into the country.

Developers, many in tech argue, are rare beasts and must be valued, elaborately courted and pampered.

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