Maybe the reason there aren't as many of us greybeards is that many of us passed through high school and college without
ever having the chance to take a programming course.
Now there's another potentially interesting poll topic - how many
people here have
had formal programming training?
In (civil) engineering school we
had none, but there was an amusing pass/fail course in 2nd
year in which each week you had 3 hours to write a program
(on an Apple II) to implement some trivial calculation (e.g.
plotting the bending moment diagram for a bridge as a truck
passes over it). While I'd been fiddling with computers for
years by then, the majority found it very difficult, and I
still fail to see what it was to achieve apart from making
neophytes into computerphobes.
I also recall a course in first year that had us doing a bit
of Fortran IV on a PDP-11 via VC-404s, and from my observation
it was just a way to justify new terminals as my classmates pretty
well destroyed those 404s out of rage over the term.
(my hair is greying but my moustache ain't - go figure)
(ob. Cadfael comment: now replaying on CBC at midnight IIRC, great fun!)
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