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Re: How to introduce 8 year olds to (Perl) programming?

by redlemon (Hermit)
on Apr 26, 2005 at 10:06 UTC ( #451480=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How to introduce 8 year olds to (Perl) programming?

I helped my (10yr old) daughter with a presentation she had to do for school. Topic was computers in general, not only programming.

I taught her to strip a (prepared) old 386 I had lying around. So during the presentation she took out the memory, disk, cpu etc. explained what they were for and how you needed to tell the computer how to shift bits of info around using a program.

Then she had a little quiz, where the computer parts were the prizes. The kids loved it (and I got rid of a bunch of junk :-) ).

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[perldigious]: A question since I'm ignorant of what's normal for database management... Do admins change column names a lot in databases?
[perldigious]: On occasion my scripts break, because they will do something that seems laregly pointless to me... like in this case, changing a column name from "ABC Category" to "ABC Category Override".
[perldigious]: Being the ignorant one, my initial reaction to that is, "that's sort of a dick move, a lot of people like me expect column names like that to stay the same, why the hell would you change them like that for seemingly no good reason?"
[perldigious]: Or is my irritation/ frustration well founded?
[Corion]: perldigious: That seems to be more the export and likely it's the recipients of that export that like the titles changes

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