I think that most of Calculus is useless for computer
The entire field of machine learning is pretty much
entirely applied calculus. Integer and real calcului are
also rather important when it comes to solving
constraint-satisfaction and constraint-optimization
problems. Really abstruse, ivory-tower stuff with no
real application to the real world. Like job scheduling.
Oh, wait.... Many code optimization problems are NP-hard,
like register sufficiency, code generation with unlimited
registers, program equivalence or inequivalence, etfc...
these kinds of problems are often best solved with
constraint-optimization techniques. Is writing an
optimizing compiler too theoretical and academic for you?
Furthermore any subject which is taught because it
teaches "analytical thinking" deserves to suffer the fate of
Latin and Euclidean geometry.
Update: coreolyn, I didn't mean to imply that
math was the only solution to the problem of teaching people
to think analytically and abstractly, although I believe
it's a good solution. The point is, though, that "good"
software engineering practices are useless unless you know
when and how and why to apply them, and you can't learn
that merely by learning the syntax and semantics of a
programming language. It's like knowing how to play an
instrument, but not how to play in a given key or put
together a chord progression.
The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!
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