It's Not You, It's Them: Why Programming Languages Are Hard To Teach 📺

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I have a new programer hero: Zed Shaw.

《It's Not You, It's Them: Why Programming Languages Are Hard To Teach》 presentation by Zed Shaw. from Øredev Conference PRO.

I've been teaching programming for a few years now, and I've come to realize that the harder a languages is to teach, the more poorly designed it is.

Zed Shaw

One of the article Zed cited is: [Static vs. dynamic type systems: an empirical study about the relationship between type casts and development time By Stefan Hanenberg. At , accessed on 2014-04-15 ]

Lots of programer celebrities are idiots, or scam artists.

… what society overwhelmingly asks for is snake oil. Of course, the snake oil has the most impressive names — otherwise you would be selling nothing — like “Structured Analysis and Design”, “Software Engineering”, “Maturity Models”, “Management Information Systems”, “Integrated Project Support Environments” “Object Orientation” and “Business Process Re-engineering” (the latter three being known as IPSE, OO and BPR, respectively). — Edsger W Dijkstra (1930 – 2002), in EWD 1175: The strengths of the academic enterprise.

The idiotish includes: Guido (Python).

The scam artistish includes: Larry Wall (Perl), Rob Pike (unix stuff, golang), Martin Fowler (agile sht), etc.

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