I love Quora. It’s a great site and community. But I started getting a bit concerned how much writing I was doing there which was (potentially) disappearing inside their garden and not part of the body of thinking I’m building up on ThoughtStorms (or even my blogs).

Fortunately, I discovered Quora has an RSS feed of my answers, so I can save them to my local machine. (At some point I’ll think about how to integrate them into ThoughtStorms; should I just make a page for each one?)

Anyway here’s the script (powered by a lot of Python batteries.)

And this turns the files back into a handy HTML page.

My answer to a Quora question : What would happen in a world where almost everyone is programming literate?

How might such a world (of universal programming literacy) come about? 

Most likely from a continuing trend to automate the way a lot of work gets done, and then people would learn programming as a way of engaging with that world. 

For example, instead of spending half an hour in the supermarket or even 10 minutes browsing a supermarket site on the web, you might be able to compose an augmented shopping list on your phone. 

6 Apples
4 bread rolls 

Could become : 

"Apples".
prefer("Pink Lady" or "Fuji").
take(6).
otherwise.take(4)

"Bread rolls".
only("Wholemeal").
take(4).
prefer("Top=Poppy Seed")

Deliver("Wednesday")
Order_from(
priorities("Waitrose","Asda","Sainsbury","Tesco")

)

Similar little languages can be developed for most activities. So I’d guess that we’ll all be writing little scripts for robots or large automated services. There’s an assumption that people must prefer navigating rather laborious graphical interfaces to get stuff done. But if they were more programming literate they may learn to use and love such small scripts instead.