Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Favorite comments of '10: gasstationwithoutpumps and Obi-Wandreas, The Funky Viking on programming

(The logic of computer programming courses)


The high school my son is starting at next year has no computer science. The "computer" classes they have are web-page design and computer animation (neither involving programming, just use of WYSIWYG tools).

Obi-Wandreas, The Funky Viking

When I was a kid in the early 80s, I subscribed to PBS's "The Electric Company" magazine. In the magazine would often be a computer game of one form or another.

But not on a disk - oh, good heavens no! On a sidebar they would have a description of the game, and then the source code in BASIC. You type it into your Apple ][ and boom! - there's your game. They never explained the code, but it was so simple that, as you typed, you could pretty much figure out what each line was telling the computer to do.

If I had a link to download each program, I would never have given it a second thought. But when you do it yourself? - that gets a kid interested.

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