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Re: Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?

by dk (Chaplain)
on Oct 23, 2007 at 09:05 UTC ( #646658=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Should a Socratic Dialogue be attempted?

My question is: Are we helping people like this by providing the answer, or should we attempt to teach them to think like a programmer by asking a series of questions, leading the original questioner to find the solution on his own?

That would be a valid dichotomy if you'd be sure that the answers or teachings you would be giving are totally complete and truthful, which might not always be so. Therefore, the answer is simple - try to answer a question with the best of your knowledge, and let them choose to either discard, mindlessly copy-paste, or do their own research and be critical of your answer. Same as with good and bad students, really.

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[Corion]: I guess I should not read some discussions on HackerNews - the crowd there is weirdly different - "you have to stay current in tech" (by following all the latest JS trends) is a meme there, but it doesn't really match my experience
[Corion]: At least in my area, experience can beat most new tech anyway because most new tech is just a rehash of things abandoned in the 70s and we still have a lot of that ;)
[Corion]: choroba: Ah, that will be next Friday for $work ;) Drinking enough water is key ;))
[Corion]: But then, maybe that's just my experience with things, and maybe Hacker News is just people much younger who haven't seen more than one tech cycle...
[choroba]: s/water/bear/ and s/enough/too much/
[choroba]: beer
[choroba]: oh ok
[marto]: I crashed the ScotLUG Christmas night, having never actually been to ScotLUG
[choroba]: Corion yeah, I probably already told you about how Bjarne Stroustrup was asked whether he still watched the new tech trends and what really impressed him
[choroba]: His reply was "I watch them, but I haven't been impressed in the last 10 years. There's been nothing new". That was 2 years ago :)

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