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What Most Schools Don't Teach

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Male, 18-29, Europe
 394 Posts
Friday, March 01, 2013 7:39:42 AM
Sorry. I have to reply:
int f_cks_given;
while ( !$end_of_video ) {
$end_of_video = play_more_video();

int f_cks_given;
while ( !$end_of_video ) {
$end_of_video = play_more_video();

Iterative Rhetoric 101...f*_cks_given should remain constant at zero :p

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 221 Posts
Thursday, February 28, 2013 4:15:59 AM
Coding is definitely everywhere, and I love how they get all these that made it bag to hype it...however, the reality is sitting behind a monitor staring at thousands of lines of code for 10 hours a day...boring as hell with a huge burn out rate.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34636 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:34:35 PM

I stopped after learning ANSI COBOL.
Yeah, I'm that old.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 10629 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 10:11:35 PM
Yeah haven't found lots of opportunity with my Aerospace degree. So I've switched to software, and getting a LOT more interviews now.

I do recommend taking a theory of computation course. Really useful when designing algorithms. Especially search algorithms where brute force methods can take O(n!) time as opposed to O(n) time from more efficient algorithms.

Female, 40-49, Midwest US
 1805 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:51:58 PM
I learned some Basic on my brother's pre-Windows pc when I was in jr high in the late '70s. Then I took a quarter of Fortran as a requirement for my degree. That was on a mainframe and a teletype machine, i.e. no monitor. Because of that experience, learning basic javascripting and php was much easier when I was building websites. Heck of a lot more useful than all the calculus I was forced to take in school. The hard part of programming is the patience it takes to find the tiny mistake you made somewhere that makes it not run. At least it's not like when my brother learned to be a programmer using millions of punch cards. He now writes programs that are the brains of HVAC systems. Not glamorous like games but pays the bills.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34636 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 7:30:50 PM

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 2855 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:22:49 PM
Go 101001011 yourself.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 2994 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:13:31 PM
im an engineer and didnt learn coding until college, but i have to agree it is very important

Male, 30-39, Australia
 42 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:05:16 PM
Sorry. I have to reply:
int f_cks_given;
while ( !$end_of_video ) {
$end_of_video = play_more_video();

Male, 18-29, Europe
 3632 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 4:21:27 PM
Good video. learning to program is something costs little and is a great mind trim for anyone. why not start young and have an easier time with jobs in the future?

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 2584 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 3:30:29 PM
while(seconds video is playing)
int fxcks_given;

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34636 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 2:53:52 PM

Teaches you how to think?
Then why are all the programmers I know skatterbrained?
Oh, they're creative, and get them into their coding and they are focused and drive. Do great work. But when it comes to thinking about a budget or organizing a vacation they're bloody daft. Go out to the club with them and it's like the developed Aspergers overnight.

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 17367 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 1:03:07 PM
I'll agree with what Jobs said in the beginning, that learning to program a computer teaches you how to how think (organize your thoughts).

I'd unknowingly been doing it on my own before computers where ever introduced into my school system.

Interestingly enough it was a 3-day in-school suspension that exposed me to an Apple][+ computer that the advanced kids where using in my vice-principals office. It changed my life and didn't get into trouble after that. Not intentionally anyways.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 730 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:33:31 PM
Learning to program a computer is one of the least expensive things a kid can do. Computers are insanely cheap and there is a LOT of free resources. The process of writing a program and working with contacts to solve sophisticated problems is an excellent exercise because doing so involves the fundamentals of problem solving and project management. Should every kid do this? Maybe not, but it would help a lot of kids become very powerful analysts.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34636 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:58:34 AM

Those people are successful because they have business sense.
The people who just write code work for them.

Male, 50-59, Western US
 34636 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:57:17 AM

" and some of my friends have jobs "
HA - It is to laugh

Male, 18-29, Western US
 647 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:40:50 AM
Comp Sci is just like learning a second language.

The only difficult thing about coding is the debugging, which can involve looking through thousands of code to find one out of place letter

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 14177 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:31:29 AM
Not everyone will be able to do it well though. It's kind of something some one has a nack for or not. It's kind of like learning a language a bit and a puzzle hard to describe really. Most can learn the basics but you gotta have a nack to make good tight code.

Female, 18-29, Midwest US
 9016 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:23:16 AM
A good idea, but where do get the money and the resources to do this? Who's going to teach the kids this if they don't have up to date computers? How about who is going to to teach the teachers how to do this so the kids can do it too? This kind of thing doesn't appear out of thin air. Something has to happen to get it done.

Now I support it, but you can't expect this to happen right away.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 3884 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:23:00 AM
Oh shut up. I had programming classes, and all I use that knowledge for now is making obscure plays on words.

This isn't some secret form of knowledge tham makes you into a superhero. It's simple logic. The reason these people are so successful is that we are in the COMPUTER AGE and they've managed to get to the forefront of the industry.

It's just not practical for the layperson to know. Anything that they could write (unless they're extremely skilled) can already be written by someone specialized in the field.

Male, 30-39, Canada
 5753 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 11:18:38 AM
This is very poignant in modern society. Those with the power over computers hold the true power.

Female, 70 & Over, Eastern US
 1632 Posts
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 10:55:18 AM
Link: What Most Schools Don't Teach [Rate Link] - A 'super power' that isn't taught in 90% of schools.

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