programmers who get respect

I was just re-reading this interesting rant from Zed Shaw, author of “Learn Python The Hard Way” and other “the hard way” books: http://learnpythonthehardway.org/book/advice.html

The whole blurb is worth reading to see his point of view, although I disagree with some of what he says. I found myself really enjoying this paragraph:

People who can code in the world of technology companies are a dime a dozen and get no respect. People who can code in biology, medicine, government, sociology, physics, history, and mathematics are respected and can do amazing things to advance those disciplines.

I also started looking at Shaw’s new book “Learn C The Hard Way” and came upon this page: in which he gives the advice:

WARNING: Do Not Use An IDE

An IDE, or “Integrated Development Environment” will turn you stupid. They are the worst tools if you want to be a good programmer because they hide what’s going on from you, and your job is to know what’s going on. They are useful if you’re trying to get something done and the platform is designed around a particular IDE, but for learning to code C (and many other languages) they are pointless.

I like it when other people save me the trouble of using the harsh words.

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About markgalassi

Mark Galassi is a research scientist in Los Alamos National Laboratory, working on astrophysics and nuclear non-proliferation.
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