Learn Programming in 1 Day

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Fri Mar 14 11:10:17 EDT 2008

jbv wrote:
> I for one have about 30 years of experience as a programmer,
> and have used about 20 different languages...

Of course *mastering* programming takes a lifetime, and of course no
one-day session will attempt to accomplish that.

But my first experience with an xTalk (after deciding computers were
boring back in high school from having learned BASIC on a Wang) was the
exhilarating feeling that comes with making a button and scripting simply:

   on mouseUp
     go next
   end mouseUp

In that instant I was hooked!

I've spent the better part of the subsequent 20 years learning more;
different languages, coding practices, style, architecture, design,
workflow analysis, and I'm still learning new things every day.

But it all has to begin somewhere.  And with Rev, it's quite possible to
learn enough to accomplish some small but satisfying tasks in a single
day.  That success will do more to encourage the new programmer to move
on to 20 KLOC code bases than attempting such a beast first time out.

Given that the art of programming is fueled by curiosity and enthusiasm,
Marian's comments were more reflective of the process that leads toward
success than many others in this thread.

We can spend our day nit-picking the wording of other people's
marketing, or we can accept that perhaps RunRev's invitation wasn't
targeted at those of us who've been coding for decades, and instead
devote our energies to learning and sharing that learning.

Which is a more compelling demonstration of accomplishment?

  Richard Gaskin
  Managing Editor, revJournal
  Rev tips, tutorials and more: http://www.revJournal.com

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