age of Python programmers

Jeff Shannon jeff at
Thu Aug 19 20:49:01 CEST 2004

Roman Suzi wrote:

>On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 brianc at wrote:
>>Am I a programmer yet?
>I felt that I am a programmer after one year starting learning Basic (it was
>at age 14, 7th form IIRC). Before it happened at each nontrivial task I had a
>feeling that it's a wall in front of me! But after the change happened,
>programming became a matter of knowing syntax. It became universal skill, not
>depending on a programming language.

I think I first started to think of myself as a programmer, rather than 
as someone who knew a bit of one or two programming languages, when I 
was reading the Gang of Four patterns book.  Many of the examples in 
that book were in Smalltalk, which I'd heard of but never seen before... 
and yet, I could (mostly) follow what was happening.  That really 
brought home the point that it's the algorithm, not the language, that 
matters.  (I *still* can't really follow most Perl code, though... ;P )

Jeff Shannon
Credit International

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