[REBOL] Re: What is Mathematics?
From: joel:neely:fedex at: 3-Jul-2001 14:55
I trust my citation was understood as sympathy with the implied
difficulty of overcoming "firm roots in BASIC" and not as a
value judgment on your progress in that quest! ;-)
We need not cover the list of programming languages that I've
used and tried to recover from! Said list includes COBOL, the
language that was hyped as allowing managers to read their
subordinates' code to verify its correctness!!!! (Contributing
to my skepticism toward the notion of "computer programming for
> Reading the first link now ("How do we tell truths that might
> hurt?"). Just got to the statement:
> "It is practically impossible to teach good programming to
> students that have had prior exposure to BASIC: as potential
> programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond the hope of
> regeneration" - Copyrighted by Springer-Verlag New York.
> You must now read the article or I'll be held liable.
> <snicker> I'm mentally mutiliated! ...
Not really! You're using REBOL now, and "recognizing that you need
help is half the cure!" ;-)
The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers!
- R. W. Hamming