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I teach Database design at Sheffield Hallam University, but I also work on web applications.


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comment pair programming and teaching
For "a population that tends to be introverted" shouldn't education work to change that? Granted, I didn't make that point in my original question.
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comment pair programming and teaching
I left the claims without reference out of kindness to the reader... following up discussions that are themselves poor wouldn't have helped. As a colleague tells me "there is a lot of belief in education"
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comment pair programming and teaching
I like the alternative. Also, the advice - pair people of equal skill - is something my colleagues and I can work with.
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comment pair programming and teaching
"Pair-programming is best when done...", yes, if the measure is productivity. But if I seek a different output?
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comment pair programming and teaching
@MichaelShaw, that later exams on the subject continue to show good results - in other words, students don't forget. Or so I'm told.
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comment My colleague doesn't understand things he works with. What to do?
If both your colleague and PM have limited knozledge of threading, and thread safety, then training is definitely the best approach. It's not one guy's incompetence - it's the team's competence that is the problem.
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comment Is it better to teach conditional loops or iterative loops first?
@YamMarcovic but that's the thing - loops aren't trivial, or not to the majority of learners in any case. The two techniques are equivalent, but the easier syntax is still needed.
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comment Is it better to teach conditional loops or iterative loops first?
@YamMarcovic, if we want to illustrate the parts of a loop, both your examples are broken. I always tell students a loop needs three parts: how to start, how to stop (or how long to continue), and how to move from a step to the next. A good example has to make all three transparent.
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comment Is it better to teach conditional loops or iterative loops first?
Agree, plus the for loop is clunky, the while loop makes the behaviour much more explicit.
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answered Is the phrase “never reinvent the wheel” suitable for students?
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