[FoRK] Why Johnny Can't Code
Andy Armstrong <
andy at hexten.net
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Thu Sep 14 04:03:19 PDT 2006
On 14 Sep 2006, at 11:44, Dave Long wrote:
>> I can't talk about this stuff for long - it makes me too sad and too
> ... hence Kragen's $10 computer project, I believe. (and certainly
> part of the reasoning behind my turtle-graphics data: URI, even if
> the latter was inspired more by the functional than the imperative)
Whasat? I missed it.
> But as for the original rant -- wtf, is Brin high?
Whenever I encounter someone who's curious about computers I find
myself wanting to teach them from first principals - use a light
switch as an example of a 1 bit memory device - stuff like that. It's
probably insane and counterproductive - but I don't really know where
else to start. My prejudice is that you need at least some
understanding of that stuff as a foundation for all other
understanding - although I've seen adequate evidence that you don't.
I guess maybe that's where he's coming from too.
I was skimming Programming Python last night and came across the bit
where Mark Lutz confesses he doesn't know the geometry for drawing a
circle. I guess it doesn't matter but I found I couldn't get past
that and take him seriously again. Everything else I read was
tainted. Again, my prejudice - revealed here only to reach out to
others who may share the affliction.
And for giggles here's my BBC Micro 6502 Second Processor emulator in
Andy Armstrong, hexten.net
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