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After arriving in Argentina, I translated my resume and started looking for work by finding the equivalent of Monster.com (bumeran.com). It took about 3 weeks, but I got interviews at both Sony and IBM. IBM wanted to send me to Canada for consulting because I spoke english
The experience was fantastic. There, 9-5 actually meant 9-5 - very limited flexibility in terms of hours and what I could work on, but it was okay, I was doing it more for the concept. The engineers were all excellent and my American education didn't either disadvantage or help -- we all were pretty up on the lastest java techniques.
After about 4 months, I decided that this glimpse into the future was sufficient so I returned to the US to do a PhD.
On the surface this seems fairly innocuous; why not make some abbreviations so that things can be said more economically? The problem is that definitions matter. They come from aesthetic decisions about what distinctions you as an artist consider important. And they are problem-generated. To make a definition is to highlight and call attention to a feature or structural property.
Learning to make good abstraction when programming is a difficult challenge, the right choice can have huge downstream consequences. An educational system which allowed students to get comfortable with the exploration of different abstractions, as well as, the forestalling of notation and rigour until the right rigour was appropriate would be a huge win to reasoning across the board.