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Re: Re: Second rate programmers and my confession

by George_Sherston (Vicar)
on Jun 05, 2002 at 21:38 UTC ( #172018=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: Second rate programmers and my confession
in thread Second rate programmers and my confession

update poop scoop - this was meant to be a reply to the reply to my first reply...

It's possible. But my take on that particular situation, and my generalisation from that and other observations, is that obscure jargon often (though by no means always) goes with weak thought and insecurity.
(A) using a technical term gets one off the hook of explaining what one really means - maybe one does in fact know; but maybe one doesn't want to find out that one can't put it more simply. Certainly, if I can put my concepts into terms that the intelligent generalist can understand, then I can be fairly sure I have understood them, rather than merely having learnt to say their names in a convincing way.
(B) In any event, if I really *am* uncertain about what I'm doing, then one way I may want to hide this, and make myself feel cleverer, is by dressing up the little I know in language that distinguishes it from ordinary knowledge.

I'm often reminded of Richard Feynman, whose ability to put complicated concepts into everyday language seemed to me to be part of his genius - certainly an outworking of his ability to understand.

George Sherston


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