@djmoch agreed. While I wouldn't call programming "the new literacy", since it really is quite okay for someone to not be a programmer, I do think learning to program is a lot like learning to read and write prose. Before you can totally apply your problem solving skills to creating program, you should be fluent enough in writing and reading code so that syntax is taking up very little of your brain power.
In agreement with the point of the article, I'm not really a fan of the word "coding", since the emphasis and joy of programming is not writing code, but designing a system with interconnected parts.
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