For those of you who don’t know me personally, or know me well enough, I seem to have a talent for metaphor.
In fact, I think one of the things that I do best is explain complex ideas in ways others can understand, and so that they realize how the idea is relevant to them.
While technically not a metaphor, I really like the idea of comparing API’s to Excel formulas in the context of the “everyone learning to code” trend.
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) January 5, 2012
Many businesses run complex models in Excel. In fact, Excel was, in many ways responsible for the JP Morgan Chase “London Whale” that cost them billions. (In my opinion, Excel wasn’t responsible, rather it was a lack of governance that allowed people using Excel to fail in a very big way, but that’s a-whole-other conversation.) James Kwak has a smart article about the importance of Excel to business, and why running a business on Excel is such a mess. James’ key difficulties with Excel: [Read more…]