Learn Programming in 1 Day
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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