[Baypiggies] Chompapps Position - from Issue 31

RYAN DELUCCHI 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  
>> assignment.
> 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.
> --rih
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