making the Python case to my dept.
Thomas A. Bryan
tbryan at python.net
Sun Nov 7 00:49:24 EST 1999
Michael Hudson wrote:
> ``import rlcompleter''!!
Thanks. I used to use this, but I took a break from Python, changed
environments, and forgot about it.
> [snippo two]
> > Do math majors or engineers learn their critical job skill's in their
> > first classes?
> What are mathematicians' critical job skills? I'm curious, being one,
> and not having being taught anything resembling a `critical job skill'
> yet, and happy about it.
It depends what job you're looking for. :)
I was thinking more about applied math and engineering students,
but if you're intending to stay in academia, then being able to
write and explain proofs is a job skill. So is teaching ability.
I happen to have a math degree, and I specialized in topology with
some emphasis on knot theory. When I was originally looking for jobs,
I emphasized my problem-solving skills and my ability to deal with
large doses of abstraction and technical literature.
I've found that experience hammering down details to make an air-tight,
pedantic proof really helps when I'm trying to debug a program.
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