Learn Programming in 1 Day

Judy Perry katheryn.swynford at gmail.com
Sat Mar 15 06:10:27 EDT 2008

To Richard & Heather:


To everyone else:

We all know that Rev is great... even dolts like me can hammer out
something useful in a day.. (note that your consideration of ' useful
' is one of those things in which YMMV).

I truly wish that my kids' first grade teacher would take Rev up on
this... she'd not be persuaded by a tagline of "spend two or three
years in university to make a talking electronic book!"

I'm lovin' it!


On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 8:10 AM, Richard Gaskin
<ambassador at fourthworld.com> wrote:
> 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
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