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Computer Languages: A Tricky Balancing Act

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tinym
tinym
2/29/2012 2:38:44 PM
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Re: invalid syntax
Reusable code in frameworks are big time savers. I'm glad to see the "code once" mentality catching on.

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philtheswguy
philtheswguy
2/29/2012 1:09:10 AM
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Re: invalid syntax
Well, the IDE helps with the basic stuff. But for the more 'advanced' snippets, a good copy-paste always saves the day (I say this because reusable code is teh best type)

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tinym
tinym
2/28/2012 12:13:56 PM
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Re: invalid syntax
Hey, wait a minute... don't we call that something else!?  Depending on the language, a good IDE can save a lot of keystrokes.

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philtheswguy
philtheswguy
2/27/2012 7:45:27 PM
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Re: invalid syntax
It's funny that you mention coding. I've learned that when coding, if you're doing it 'right', you don't really type too much. Most of the work is handled via the good ol copy & paste!

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tinym
tinym
2/25/2012 12:33:05 PM
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Re: invalid syntax
I developed some bad typing habits once I entered the workforce. They haven't been much of an issue when coding but they don't work well when typing regular stuff.

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philtheswguy
philtheswguy
2/21/2012 5:05:52 AM
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Re: invalid syntax
Ahh you're taking me back... way back.

I remember those typing drills. Oddly enough, I could type without looking at the keyboard for a while when I was around that age. Then I regressed back to slower typing (even with programming in college). Now, I'm back to the speed typing. Weird cycle right?

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tinym
tinym
2/13/2012 8:51:56 PM
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Re: invalid syntax
Typing drills are really important! I downloaded Scratch several years ago. The interface back then was similar to Google App Inventor for Android (arriving much later). I haven't seen Small Talk yet. My kids aren't interested in programming...

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nasimson
nasimson
2/12/2012 11:22:15 AM
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Re: Syntax
By curbing syntax I meant may be there shouldn't be so many shorthands as in the case of PERL, because in my opinion this leads to confusion for a person trying to learn a new language.

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Innovator
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2/11/2012 7:19:48 PM
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Re: invalid syntax


John, Thank you very much for this link, I really like the message of Program or be Programmed.  I think this type of realistic view of the future, allows people like myself to see the "intrinsic value" of learning a new language. 

 When I was going through school, had this message been conveyed, I know I would have looked at the whole issue differently. 

 But you know what they say, "It is never too late." And as I step into the "deep end" again, I will remember Mr.Rushkoffs' message, matter of fact I am going to replay again right now ! 



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John W. Verity
John W. Verity
2/11/2012 1:47:48 PM
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Re: Syntax
@nasimson: I am not sure we can curb syntax, but perhaps I missing your point.

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