... Enthusiasts have been quick to take up the motto: "Coding is the new literacy!" But long-time developer Chris Granger argues that this is not the case: "When we say that coding is the new literacy, we're arguing that wielding a pencil and paper is the old one. Coding, like writing, is a mechanical act.
The new literacy?
Coding is a talent or a skill. Beyond that, there is nothing, not a single thing, special about it.
The extreme productivity that some software engineers possess is not due to their literacy in coding. It is due to their ability to look at, understand, and solve problems at a level higher than most.
It is not a question of literacy. It is a question of problem analysis and resolution.
[aside: I often wonder why software engineers constantly have he need to elevate themselves above all others]