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Comment Re:If you need math, learn it. If not... (Score 1) 606

Applying math skills to programming is all about problem solving. CRUD apps are a solved problem, and can (and should) be done with little or no programming required. In fact, there are entire development suites devoted to cranking out CRUD with as little programming as possible. There are legions of IT professionals that make their living that way.

But knowing how to use those kinds of tools to generate those kinds of apps is not knowing how to code.

Comment Re:Yes, but you SHOULD get good at math (Score 1) 606

There may be people who get significant success in real programming because they are good at decomposing tasks and classifying responsibilities, good at naming things, and good at getting to the heart of "what needs to be done".

Exactly my point. Those same skills can be applied to learning math, or for that matter auto mechanics. Your brother got the concepts of calculus once they were broken down (abstracted) into terms he was familiar with. He could have learned calculus, but he just never had an effective teacher.

Comment Re:Yes, but you SHOULD get good at math (Score 3, Interesting) 606

Ok, so you can do a lot of coding without knowing math.

But being able to understand code and coding requires a lot of the same skills that are required to understand math. Ergo, if you can get good at math, there is a high likelihood that you can also get good at programming. And vice versa. You can do long division without knowing a lot of math, but that doesn't make you a mathematician.

Comment Re:How I Found Linux (Score 4, Interesting) 136

I became a UNIX bigot in college in the late 80's. I remember following William and Lynn Jolitz's series "Porting UNIX to the 386" in Dr. Dobb's in the late 80's/early 90's. My first experiences with DOS PC's were disappointing, as I saw them as a big step backwards. My first download was something called Monkey Linux. A zip file that spanned 5 floppy disks, that when extracted to a DOS directory was bootable as a UMSDOS FS running a derivative of Slackware. I followed a pointer to the official Slackware package mirrors, and never went back.

Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 1) 698

http://i.stack.imgur.com/sgzBP...

On a keyboard that follows the Windows 104 key layout, it is the key that activates the same menu that is activated by a right-click of the mouse. One of the ancestor posts mentioned the Apple key and OSX that corresponds to the Windows logo key, but I'm not familiar enough with Apple keyboards to comment on them.

Comment Re:"Don't buy it yet" strategy (Score 3, Insightful) 170

Toxic vaporware is tried and true Microsoft strategy. The fact that this time it is being deployed against a product that is still mostly vapor is noteworthy, but the fact that the actual name of the product is vapor is just too much irony too ignore.

Comment Re:The Microsoft key!!!! I've never used it...ever (Score 3, Informative) 698

You will not take my context menu key until you pry it from my cold dead fingers. I use that thing constantly. Maybe I use applications that hide an inordinate amount of functionality under the context menu (including my own). I really try to avoid moving my hands from the keyboard to the mouse (and back) until I absolutely have to, so I'm all about keyboard shortcuts. The context menu key is a handy one, for me at least.

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