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Comment Its called learning (Score 1) 590

There is a reason that every write "hello world". There is a reason that it is actually ok to reinvent the wheel, if only to figure out how the wheel works so you can use it better.

I gotta say I cannot believe this hit /. frontpage, are there no more "do it yourself" programmers around?

Comment self starters (Score 1) 427

I loved doing math by the time I was in 5th grade, so that lead me to doing it on my own time. My mom bought me some higher level math books, in fact that was the only "home"work that I have every enjoyed, and it wasn't even from the school.

I guess my point is that (anecdotally) you can still do math at an earlier age if you choose to, but I do know a lot of people that could not get it till a bit later. I'm talking about algebra+ here, I think pre-8 should know the basics of counting, addition and subtraction.

People are always available for work in the past tense.