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Comment: Ada 2012 (Score 1) 383

If you're picking from scratch, check out Ada 2012. It has all of the power of C++ but it is a "safer" language designed to produce more reliable software (i.e. the kind that can be used in bullet trains and airplanes). While aerospace and defense are its reasons for existence, you can produce high quality desktop software as well.

Comment: Re:Time for the Arkansas Airlift (Score 1) 120

by darkwing_bmf (#49025441) Attached to: Arkansas Declares a High School CS Education State of Emergency

I call BS on your call on BS. When I was in elementary school the basic concepts of working with computers were inspiring and encouraging. Yes, even BASIC was meaningful. In order to use BASIC (and computers) effectively you had to learn about input/output, loops, branching, memory, variables and arrays. If you understood these concepts you could write your own games.

Our teacher was several steps ahead of us but he was learning new things too. This was not a bad thing as it probably made it easier for him to relate to us.

Now in theory high school should be more advanced. But this can only happen if the students had the more basic elementary education first. If not, then having a class that focused on basic concepts would still be valuable.

Comment: ... but we should allow immigration anyway. (Score 1) 514

Yes there is no "shortage" of tech workers, however, a more open immigration policy would be more fair and lead to even more technological progress for American than would occur without STEM immigrants. The economy isn't zero sum and a slight reduction in wages for some, if it means many more people in the pool, would lead to greater economic results overall.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (9) Dammit, little-endian systems *are* more consistent!