POSTINGS


I had no idea blockbuster mystery author Walter Mosley once made his living as a computer programmer, but here he is talking about how being a computer programmer made him a better novelist.  Huh!


"Computer Science Buskers,"  CS Unplugged

"It has often been said that a person does not really understand something until he teaches it to someone else. Actually a person does not really understand something until after teaching it to a computer, i.e., express it as an algorithm."

Legendary computer scientist and professor Donald Knuth.

Leah Culver talks Python and Django at Girl Geek Dinner SF.  Ten minutes. 


Shit Programmers Say


Lifehacker’s ten minute Learn to Program cast talks about how to choose a programming language to get started with.  

"There’s a subtle reason that programmers always want to throw away the code and start over. The reason is that they think the old code is a mess. […] The reason that they think the old code is a mess is because of a cardinal, fundamental law of programming : It’s harder to read code than to write it."

JOEL SPOLSKY (via sanampatel)
josfari:

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Typing sometimes takes this much effort for me

josfari:

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Typing sometimes takes this much effort for me

"This stupid, snobby, pointless (unless you consider desperate trolling for visits a point) article from a couple days ago has really been sticking in my craw. “Please don’t learn to code” could be alternately titled “why people hate developers”. The insecurity and elitism oozes out of every word here. “My craft is far too complex and precious for someone as stupid as you to learn it,” it says.
Let’s just be clear that there’s a HUGE difference between saying that everyone should be a developer and everyone should learn to code. The former is a dumb statement and no one would ever say it. The latter is simply that the concept of coding has become an extremely important knowledge to understanding the world around us.
I’ve spent years of working around people who work on the web for a living who still think that writing programs and web code is like writing an email in another language: that you just kind of move things around on a page. It’s not until you see how it functions—even basically—and have gone through troubleshooting even something as simple as an HTML table that you start to get different writing code is from writing words, and start to appreciate the knowledge that goes into it.
Just as a tiny percentage of people who learn math go on to be mathematicians or engineers, teaching people basic code doesn’t mean they’ll all go off to be developers, and we don’t need them to. But we do need more people to stop segregating coding as something that only “techie” people do and they can remain willfully ignorant of."

Reid Dossinger: Please learn to code 

I don’t actually think the piece on Coding Horror is as bad as Reid seems to think it is.  

I do think that the “real coders” v. “people doing Codeyear” thing is going to end up looking exactly like “bloggers v. journalists,” only much, much smaller.  

Steve Meyers rounds up the reaction from a journalism point of view, tackling the newly-perennial “should journalists learn to code” question  (My answer?  No, absolutely not.  Only if you want to have fun and enjoy some shred of job security.  Otherwise, carry on with your badass narrative journalism, friend).

umbrellafly:

If you understand this, I feel your pain!
I’ve been spending a lot of time coding (attempting to learn to code), and already I’ve started using if-then statements in real life.

umbrellafly:

If you understand this, I feel your pain!

I’ve been spending a lot of time coding (attempting to learn to code), and already I’ve started using if-then statements in real life.

About Me


Lisa Williams

Founder of Placeblogger.com | Winner of Knight News Challenge | Center for Civic Media, MIT Media Lab | Cambridge, MA | @lisawilliams on Twitter | lisawilliams on Github




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