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How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

DjDanny No lessons required (299 comments)

I started programming when I was about 4 or 5 on the brand new Sinclair ZX81, moved on to the Commodore 64 doing BASIC and then 6502 assembler, then Amiga 68000 assembler and a bit of C and eventually moving on to Java and C# on PCs.
The key thing, however, is that I never did a single programming course in my life. It was all self-taught and done in my spare time because I enjoyed it. I still program as a career all these years later.

The moral of the story is, you don't need to be taught to code - if you enjoy it, you'll do it anyway.

about a year ago

Almost 1 In 3 US Warplanes Is a Drone

DjDanny Post-enhance? (328 comments)

Why not just capture the video in 320x200 res, and then 'enhance' it back in Washington?

about 3 years ago

No Tab Relocation Coming For Chrome

DjDanny Love the tabs! (574 comments)

Personally, I LOVE the tabs being right at the top. ok, so it's non-standard, but it gives you that bit extra screen real-estate.

Last time I saw Firefox, you were half way down the screen before you even GOT to the tabs, let alone the page content.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Denied Trademark For 'Multi-Touch'

DjDanny Of real benefit? (217 comments)

How would Apple's patent on "Multi Touch" have benefited consumers?

more than 3 years ago

Moving Decimal Bug Loses Money

DjDanny Re:Periods and commas. (420 comments)

I never understood why the hell Europeans swap periods and commas. Grammatically it doesn't even make sense.

Maybe it's for the same reason that Americans write dates in the wrong order?

DD/MM/YY makes perfect sense - you're going from the smallest unit to the largest as you go from left to right.

MM/DD/YY is just a bodge job which causes the rest of us hours of lost time when debugging code!

more than 5 years ago

Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010

DjDanny IE Google App? (1089 comments)

Has anybody got a version of IE written as a Google App so I can run it in the Chrome OS?


more than 5 years ago

Why Mozilla Is Committed To Using Gecko

DjDanny Re:lite (632 comments)

FYI, Chrome has its own 'task manager' built in which DOES show you the tab name next to each process so you can easily end the process you want to. Also, if one locks up, it tends to notice anyway and asks you if you want to kill it.

As for your comment "Don't open a tab that's going to lock up your browser.", well, you don't know what it's going to do til you open it, do you? And if you're a developer, sometimes you do stuff which gets you stuck in loops or whatever and need to kill the process.

So far I've found this feature one of the most useful ones in Chrome. IE7 frequently locks up and then you're shafted because you have to kill the whole browser, rather than just the one tab.

more than 6 years ago


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