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RE: RE: My age is
in thread My age is
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!)