[Baypiggies] Chompapps Position - from Issue 31
bender at onsrc.com
Thu Oct 29 16:40:47 CET 2009
And I know a guy who is in his 50's and is one of the most brilliant
programmers I have met. Drawing on past experience is a *big* part of
it know doubt. Seeing patterns (and anti-patterns) in the barrage of
programming problems that folks like us face ... but over a span of
many decades ... gives one a power that can be tough to comprehend.
I'm approaching 30 now and I can tell you from personal experience
that the "everything goes downhill from 22" rule of thumb is complete
B.S. Just to point out an extreme counter example: what about Donald
Knuth? He is pretty far up there in his years and I don't know a
single person (including folks that are my age or even younger) who
can read one of his books cover-to-cover and truly "get it".
On Oct 29, 2009, at 8:04 AM, K. Richard Pixley wrote:
> resmith at runbox.com wrote:
>> Virtually everyone would agree that an 80 year old person would
>> underperform a 22 year old college graduate in a programming
> I wouldn't agree.
> I think training, education, and recent experience all play a more
> significant role than simple age. I've certainly known 60yo
> dinosaurs who were still programming big iron in assembler, did it
> well, but weren't really interested in moving forward with
> technology. But I've also known 60yo folks who had plenty of
> experience with leading edge development and were still producing
> leading edge innovations.
> I'd also argue that very little programming happens in a vacuum and
> that 80 year olds, as a general rule, have more life experience and
> therefor typically more basic life skills.
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