I remember having a TA once challenge me - I had written an algorithm to operate iteratively, rather than recursively, because I had noticed the program would run out of memory if I did it the other way when fed large data sets - because to him, recursion was theoretically perfect and not using it was a personal affront. The fact that my code worked and his crashed after 4-5 minutes didn't matter.
Tail recursion optimization usually takes care of problems like that, assuming the problem was running out of stack.
Nice to have a president with priorities towards the well being of the citizens of our country, current and future.
Musician and programmer here (see shameless plug below). I completely agree. One of my colleagues always has music playing in one of our coding labs. It's nice music, often Mozart, but it just yanks my concentration. When I code I like to be able to immerse myself in it. Music keeps me buoyed up at the surface.
Yes. My kids do all of their school writing assignments on Google Drive (Docs); my daughter, now in college, did all of her work on the Google cloud during High School, and the kids love the real time collaboration features. My youngest, in 4th grade, uses a "private" Google service that their school set up. My point here is that I'm sure many people are using these Google services and Microsoft saw the writing on the wall. That is likely what helped the App group divorce themselves from the OS group in this matter.
Note that the separation is not that strong. For example, I wanted to import a spreadsheet as a table into a Sharepoint wiki page (cloud based), and it required ActiveX. However, both Firefox and Chrome seem to be smart enough that if you do a CTRL-C from Libreoffice on the cells you want to import as a table, and then do a CTRL-V on the wiki page, it does the table conversion. That was a very pleasant surpise.
What this country needs is a good five cent microcomputer.