Tag: Coding

2019-09-20 21.09.51

Performance and Working Fast (shapeof.com)

I think the reason I don’t work fast anymore is because the code I write and any other actions I take for work cause ripples that effect a whole lot more people now than they did 10 years ago. I have to be conscious of this (at least I assume I do, or should be).

I often wish that software developers were criminally liable for the code they write. I have disdain for this way of working. It’s reckless.

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Learning to Code is Damn Hard

Photo by Ilya Pavlov on Unsplash
Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard

…for the most part, … introductory tools do a great job of guiding you like a child in a crosswalk past the big scary variables and conditional statements and through the early phases of programming syntax. As you conquer one after another of their gamified challenges, your confidence rises. Maybe you can do this after all! How hard can it be? You’re basically a developer already!

I’ve written code since I was about 13 (1980). First BASIC, then later Pascal, assembler, C, C++, Perl, Java, PHP etc. Back in the 1980s, everyone was self-taught. You either figured it out or you didn’t. No Google. No online tutorials. Learning a new language — the basic syntax etc — takes time is you’ve…

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Encouraging learning

Brown Hall at Princeton University, Princeton, New JerseyNikon D40 + Nikon 35 mm f/1.8 @ (35 mm, f/6.3, ISO200), © Khürt Williams
Am I Doing Homeschooling Right? January 8, 2015 In Hacking School (John Saddington)

I want my daughter to experience life in a much larger and broader sense. And, I want to invite her to see how her father works and the people that he meets and the things that he gets to do in an environment that is creative and open.

John’s post struck a chord with me. No, I’m not homeschooling my kids. But the photos of Roenne sitting at the MacBook with her over-sized headphones suddenly had me thinking about my daughter, Kiran. She has suddenly discovered she likes programming. This from a child who told me on many occasions when I tried to…

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