Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Dec 2012 10:19 UTC, submitted by anonymous
General Development "Computers are ubiquitous in modern life. They offer us portals to information and entertainment, and they handle the complex tasks needed to keep many facets of modern society running smoothly. Chances are, there is not a single person in Ars' readership whose day-to-day existence doesn't rely on computers in one manner or another. Despite this, very few people know how computers actually do the things that they do. How does one go from what is really nothing more than a collection - a very large collection, mind you - of switches to the things we see powering the modern world?"
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RE[2]: Programming for all
by renox on Thu 27th Dec 2012 13:44 UTC in reply to "RE: Programming for all"
renox
Member since:
2005-07-06

This seems naive. The average person is far less intelligent than most intellectuals actually realise.

It is not purely due to poor teaching that first year university programming courses have immense failure rates.
It does seem to be beyond most people.


In France in the first year of university classes are *big* whereas they were 30-50 people in high school, students aren't supervised like they were before, they live alone for the first time, etc in these conditions the high failure rate has nothing to do with intelligence, more with lack of self-discipline|maturity.

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Earl C Pottinger Member since:
2008-07-12

But the same lacks that makes them fail that first year of college/university are the same problems once they consider writing a complex program no matter what the language/environment.

Code that do real work tends to be complex, and even the simpler programs still need the programmer to consider how to handle things/events when something goes wrong with inputs/hardware/communications.

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RE[3]: Programming for all
by unclefester on Fri 28th Dec 2012 06:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Programming for all"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

In France in the first year of university classes are *big* whereas they were 30-50 people in high school, students aren't supervised like they were before, they live alone for the first time, etc in these conditions the high failure rate has nothing to do with intelligence, more with lack of self-discipline|maturity.


A guy at my school began his Australian undergraduate medical degree at 15. Despite being in the 99.9th percentile he failed every subject in first year due to immaturity. Luckily he was allowed to re-enroll after two years.

Edited 2012-12-28 06:35 UTC

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