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Comment: Re:Focus your attention elsewhere (Score 1) 396

by Binder (#33271550) Attached to: How Can I Make Testing Software More Stimulating?

This... definitely this. You generally cannot test your own work. You have too many assumption about how it works.

What developers SHOULD do is unit testing. One way to make this more bearable is to "code to the test". First create the unit tests which will prove your code does what it is supposed to.. then code until the tests pass. It's more like a game this way.

Comment: Learn the fundamentals. (Score 1) 293

by Binder (#31218664) Attached to: After Learning Java Syntax, What Next?

Go get Algorithms in Java and implement the algorithms. Not only will you learn about algorithms but simple tasks like this teach you a lot about coding that you can't learn from a book. That would be things like testing, and debugging.

Next implement something!
Good beginner projects are conway's game of life.
Tetris or breakout.

You can also go to one of the programming challenge websites and start working through their problems.

Then you really need to find a project that you want to implement. If not that at least an open source project that you can contribute to.

Comment: Statistics may or may not = math (Score 1) 572

by Binder (#30711490) Attached to: Why Programmers Need To Learn Statistics

Statistics in it's purest sense is simply math. Very few people know very much about this.

Statistics in the wild is generally bullshit! You should not be able to get two equally qualified people the same data set and receive two different answers!

As for statistics for performance measurement? If you are doing something important than analyze worst case performance. Statistics doesn't come into play in this case.

+ - Progress?

Submitted by Binder
Binder writes: Thought questions:
In any real terms is putting someone on the moon today any easier than it was in the 1970's?

"An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of code." -- an anonymous programmer