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RE: RE: My age is

by cadfael (Friar)
on Nov 02, 2000 at 19:49 UTC ( #39658=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to RE: My age is
in thread My age is

THat said, I'm glad to see a fair number of grey bearded monks here (and even more glad that my wife is an avid reader of cadfael novels, hence she likes my grey beard ;--)

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.

At my location (University of Missouri) there are a number of old farts like me who are largely self-taught, and an even larger number of younger programmers and sysadmins who grew up dreaming in (insert language of choice here).

They do keep us on our toes, though. I have learned a lot from working with some of the recent graduates.

Yes, and I also like the Cadfael mysteries, as does my wife. The first series of PBS Mystery! videos was pretty good, but the later series have been a little disappointing.

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RE: RE: RE: My age is
by Albannach (Prior) on Nov 02, 2000 at 20:02 UTC
    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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