Why aren't we all speaking LISP now?
Erik Max Francis
max at alcyone.com
Wed May 9 11:33:36 EDT 2001
Laura Creighton wrote:
> This is an incredibly bad fit. The students, almost without
> wanted hands-on-experience. They wanted examples. And they wanted to
> write code. The professors wanted to talk about concepts -- they
> to do computer science, and (in my view quite reasonably), took the
> position that if you didn't like this sort of stuff, then you didn't
> like computer science, and maybe you should do something else.
They're right, to some extent. There's a reason it's called computer
science, rather than dorky programming 101. There are fundamental
concepts that, once you learn right, will apply to any programming
language you ever encounter. Teach someone a programming language, and
they can write simple programs in it. Teach someone computer science,
and they can learn any programming language and master difficult
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