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Comment: No lessons required (Score 1) 299

by DjDanny (#44969857) Attached to: How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

I started programming when I was about 4 or 5 on the brand new Sinclair ZX81, moved on to the Commodore 64 doing BASIC and then 6502 assembler, then Amiga 68000 assembler and a bit of C and eventually moving on to Java and C# on PCs.
The key thing, however, is that I never did a single programming course in my life. It was all self-taught and done in my spare time because I enjoyed it. I still program as a career all these years later.

The moral of the story is, you don't need to be taught to code - if you enjoy it, you'll do it anyway.

Comment: Re:Periods and commas. (Score 1) 420

by DjDanny (#30230320) Attached to: Moving Decimal Bug Loses Money

I never understood why the hell Europeans swap periods and commas. Grammatically it doesn't even make sense.

Maybe it's for the same reason that Americans write dates in the wrong order?

DD/MM/YY makes perfect sense - you're going from the smallest unit to the largest as you go from left to right.

MM/DD/YY is just a bodge job which causes the rest of us hours of lost time when debugging code!

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun

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