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May
5
comment What to do if the interviewer does not give you enough time to answer?
"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity"--I doubt that he was actively testing the candidate; most likely, he was just not very good at giving interviews.
May
4
answered What are the best things to put in my portfoilo to demonstrate my Java skills and make me more marketable?
May
4
comment Functional as a first language
I know--I am suggesting this as a good reason for learning FP first. It's a trend that's been making me really happy for a while.
May
4
comment Ruby: The Bad Parts
To be fair, as far as interpreted languages go, JavaScript is currently very fast, so being slower than it isn't too bad.
May
4
comment Functional programming language for web development
+1 for JavaScript--it isn't statically typed and it isn't purely functional, but you won't miss the type system (and, moreover, things like object literals wouldn't be possible with static typing as far as I know) and you can write some very interesting code with node.js.
May
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comment Functional as a first language
To be fair, a whole bunch of languages are incorporating more and more functional aspects, so life isn't as bad as it used to be.
May
4
comment Functional as a first language
At my university, we started by learning Scheme (with SICP). The first few weeks were entirely functional; OOP was introduced well into the course. I thought it was all laid out very well and rather liked the course.
May
2
answered Was getting a computing science degree easier 10 years ago
May
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comment How permissive should a language be about identifiers?
@n1ck: In Lisp, at least, symbols are separated by spaces and surrounded by parentheses. Also, everything is in prefix order. So alpha - beta would be (- alpha beta) and i = alpha-beta would either by (set! i alpha-beta) or (set! i (- alpha beta)) depending on which one you meant. (When I say I used Lisp, I really mean Scheme, a type of Lisp, but the point still stands.)
May
1
comment How do you get into the zone? How long does it take? What steps do you take before?
@Kim Jong Woo: I think it's having all of the developers in one big room without walls or offices.
May
1
comment How permissive should a language be about identifiers?
@Orbling: Sometimes confusing developers in the short run is actually worth it in the long run. And if it fits well with the rest of his language, it might not be very confusing at all.
May
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comment How permissive should a language be about identifiers?
I took a class that was done entirely in lisp, which allows alpha-beta as an identifier, and actually found it very reasonable. In fact, getting back to other languages was annoying afterwards.
Apr
28
answered Interested in a million things, have a million goals: how to choose what to focus on
Apr
28
comment Can I integrate software under Creative Common for commercial gain?
I think that if you're going to use CC software for a commercial purpose you should definitely talk to a lawyer, even if you also read the terms yourself.
Apr
27
comment How to explain to non-programmers that programming is not a repetitive task?
Even if, say, composing music is "harder", the problems in CS scale to compensate: each line of code may be easier to write than a single note, so we have projects with literally millions (if not more) lines of code. So even if each atomic action is simpler, the best programmers are simply expected to solve more difficult problems.
Apr
23
comment What is so difficult about pointers/recursion?
At my university, the first course started out with functional programming and recursion almost immediately, well before introducing mutation and the like. I found that some of the students without experience understood recursion better than those with some experience. That said, the very top of the class was made up of people with a lot of experience.
Apr
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Apr
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answered What's the cheapest way to host hobby projects?
Apr
18
comment Must a programmer learn text editors like Emacs and Vim? How important are they?
I was a high school student then (last year) and became very comfortable with it in a single semester. Make of that what you will.
Apr
18
answered Must a programmer learn text editors like Emacs and Vim? How important are they?