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Comment by pedlo
by pedlo on Mon 6th May 2013 07:22 UTC
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Reminds me of the test I had to take to enter the top development team at my university.
Each student was given a computer with Internet connection and the JDK installed.
In two hours solve 36 problems about math, physics and Java programming: use ALL the tools you need to get the test done.
I found myself going through WolframAlpha, StackOverflow and obviously Google and many others, and then compile and run like crazy.
Best course I've ever taken.

Edited 2013-05-06 07:23 UTC

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RE: Comment by pedlo
by timalot on Mon 6th May 2013 10:17 in reply to "Comment by pedlo"
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StackOverflow ... no thanks ... you usually get the boring standard answer to a programming problem that is the lowest common denominator....

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RE[2]: Comment by pedlo
by lucas_maximus on Mon 6th May 2013 12:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by pedlo"
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Elistism much?

Stack overflow is quite a good way of solving a lot of common problems that you come up against everyday.

Also solving problems in the "boring" way is probably the better way to do it.

Michael Jackson said in his 1975 Principles of Program Design:

Programmers… often take refuge in an understandable, but disastrous, inclination towards complexity and ingenuity in their work. Forbidden to design anything larger than a program, they respond by making that program intricate enough to challenge their professional skill.

There is nothing wrong with the "lowest common denominator" when that is all that you need.

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