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Better Tools For Programming Literacy

Shinmera Re:What is it with this idea nowadays (317 comments)

Well, I would guess that such a tool does already exist, if not multiple times... The biggest problem I think is that such a tool never really got introduced to the business, so it isn't widely distributed. End users themselves are probably not motivated enough by themselves to find such a tool and try it out and employers probably either don't know it exists or don't really care either. That's just a really vague guess on my behalf though.

about 2 years ago
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Better Tools For Programming Literacy

Shinmera Re:What is it with this idea nowadays (317 comments)

You find interest and commitment by looking at the results of the labour. Just the same as with every other thing. You look at a product (a program, game, piece of art, music, whatever) and think "Hey, I could do that too, couldn't I?" and if you have that thought, you're interested in learning about it. And so you start learning.

As I stated in other comment chains in this thread, I misread the article's intention. I thought the idea was to get more professional programmers out of it, rather than giving people who aren't really interested in it an idea of what it's about. I am totally fine with the latter.

Well, it is true to an extent that easier tools leads people to believe that they know more than they do, so I wasn't entirely wrong to panic a bit about this. But in the whole, I admit that I misread it and over-exaggerated the issue.

about 2 years ago
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Better Tools For Programming Literacy

Shinmera Re:What is it with this idea nowadays (317 comments)

Yeah, another comment chain in this already helped me figure out that I misread the article's intention. I'm absolutely fine with people getting more acquainted with programming instead of it being this mystery science that makes you angry when it stops being magical and eats all your emails or something.

I do agree, starting with an IDE is a bad idea. A simple text editor and command line compiler is the best way to start as it cuts out all the other stuff that is only distracting at first. I wonder if there's any courses out there that actually start like this as I have never seen or heard of any myself.

about 2 years ago
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Better Tools For Programming Literacy

Shinmera Re:What is it with this idea nowadays (317 comments)

Yeah, I think I was just failing with my faith in humanity there.
I've seen too many running heads on into programming through ludicrously simple drag and drop stuff and then coming at me pretending to know everything about programming, which caused me to be biased towards the worse...

I should have more exposure to normal people.

about 2 years ago
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Better Tools For Programming Literacy

Shinmera Re:What is it with this idea nowadays (317 comments)

I guess it's another case of "right tools for the right job"?
I do admit that there seems to be a lack of tools to introduce people to do really simple stuff and nothing beyond. And if that's the goal for such simple tools as the article proposes, then I am fine with that.

I guess the article gave me the impression that there's not easy enough tools to create fully fledged programmers, rather than people who can create a couple of simple scripts for simple tasks.

about 2 years ago
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Better Tools For Programming Literacy

Shinmera Re:What is it with this idea nowadays (317 comments)

Hmm, yeah, I admit that that's certainly true.

I'm not sure if creating special tools for that purpose is a good idea though, as it might just as well give a wrong idea about what people in the programming business do. But hey, I'm looking forward to be proven wrong.

about 2 years ago
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Better Tools For Programming Literacy

Shinmera Re:What is it with this idea nowadays (317 comments)

It doesn't really take knowing where to start. I didn't know either when I began, I just picked a book that I found interesting and started reading it, following the examples in the book, etc.

Sadly I've made the opposite experience. I've tried to get a couple of people into programming, but it just didn't work out, even giving them a very simple start wasn't helping their interest. Sure, there's definitely people around there that are just waiting to be shown something until they can flourish, but I'm quite convinced that they'd make the start themselves sooner or later anyway. The fact that the tools aren't easy enough has nothing to do with this.

And you did prove my point quite nicely. This guy did have the commitment and interest to get acquainted with the tools and even pick up everything else himself to get further into programming. That's awesome! But just the same, this won't happen to everyone else and having easier tools doesn't make more people suddenly fall in love with programming.

about 2 years ago
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Better Tools For Programming Literacy

Shinmera What is it with this idea nowadays (317 comments)

It seems to me that a great deal of people have this idea in their heads that any and everyone is able to do any and everything. This is bollocks.
Furthermore, blaming the inability to get interested in something or to cross a certain difficulty barrier on the tools is just laughable.

If one can't take the first step in programming and get acquainted to the tools, he won't be able to make the later steps either. It takes commitment and interest. Reducing the first barrier won't bring a lot better programmers, it will bring in a lot more bad programmers that get stuck half way through and don't really help anyone.

about 2 years ago
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New Sony Patent Blocks Second-hand Games

Shinmera Re:Remember Steam (344 comments)

Except that Steam games are also available hacked, so it does not work. The reason why Steam works is because it makes actually buying the games attractive and it often has extremely good deals with sales months and so on.

about 2 years ago
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Visualizing 100,000 Stars In Chrome

Shinmera Re:No more Chrome for me... (68 comments)

I don't know about Mac, but on Linux, I can choose with flash plugin chrome should use. Have you checked your chrome://plugins/ page?

about 2 years ago
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The Web Won't Be Safe Or Secure Until We Break It

Shinmera An App For Every Website (180 comments)

So then I'd end up with about 100 "Apps" on my desktop, which all might or might not behave a bit differently, and every time I want to switch to another site, I have to switch the app? How would I follow links outside of the app? Would there still be a way to find websites/desktopapps? If so, what makes sure that those aren't malware?

about 2 years ago
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iPad Mini Costs $24 More To Make Than Kindle Fire HD

Shinmera Re:Why is this said with any implication of surpri (260 comments)

You're saying that as if the Kindle Fire HD didn't sell for more than it costs to manufacture. I'm pretty sure that they too want to make profit.

about 2 years ago
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KDE Plasma Active: the Mobile Interface That Works

Shinmera Re:two input paradigms, same interface, same mista (70 comments)

Which this is. KDE Plasma Active is not the same as the default desktop KDE. It uses the same libraries and corer, but is a different interface. I don't see a problem with this at all.

about 2 years ago
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Brazilian Judge Orders 24-hour Shutdown of Google and Youtube

Shinmera Voters Are Gonna Love It (339 comments)

I'm sure all the people who want/need to use google / youtube on a daily basis are going to be so happy with this ruling.

about 2 years ago

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