Re: In regards to my giving up on programming?

  • From: Jamal Mazrui <empower@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: programmingblind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 05 Jul 2010 07:35:48 -0400

This reminds me of an article:

Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind?
Ruminations on the Psychology and Aesthetics of Coding
By Charles Petzold


On 7/2/2010 7:49 PM, Jes wrote:
Ken wrote:
"You can get up and running much faster on a language like, python, or  c and
actually see results.  Results is what matters when you start out coding"...

I couldn't agree more with that. The IDE is a lazy man's way to begin to program. To me, 
any text book or college material which gives you a prepackaged formula, claiming to 
teach you something isn't really doing you any good and shouldn't even be used by the 
college. As an example, the book I am using is "An Introduction to Programming with 
C plus plus, by Diane Zak." Thank goodness they used programming, not coding. They 
only show you the code you need to copy and paste into your IDE, which, in this case, is 
Visual Studio. I like the way the book introduces new concepts of the C plus plus 
language to you, but they fail to really get down into the dirt with all of it. For 
example, they tell you what an algorithm is, and they tell you the various procedures to 
start writing a program; 1, analyzing a problem, 2, planning an algorithm, 3, 
desk-checking your algorithm, etc. Basically, it just feels like I'm copying and pasting 
in a bunch of code, into an IDE so I can pass a c
ourse. Furthermore, when we finally have no errors in the code, the .exe opens 
up in a command prompt. They don't even help us build real genuine Windows 
apps, it's all console applications. I've always associated C plus plus with 
genuine Windows gui application development. What's wrong with this picture?
Jes, the proud man.

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