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If horror meister Stephen King was a computer programmer, his language of choice would probably be COBOL: it’s quite verbose in exposition, has been around for ages and people still make a lot of money from it (through legacy systems and the like). And even though he isn’t a programmer, King would still do well to study a computer language – as would the rest of us and our children. If you learn how to read and write in English, with practice and several rejection slips under your belt, you can possibly become the next Stephen King.
Just watch the opening scenes of David Fincher’s 2010 film The Social Network to witness the humble origins of Mark Zuckerberg’s game-changing innovation: coding in all its simple glory as depicted eloquently in a Hollywood movie – who would have thought? Writing works of greatness implies one has initially read likewise and recognised these to be so, which is the essence of being literate. Stanford University’s Donald Knuth once touted the notion of “literate programming” as an approach whereby program logic is given depth of meaning with the frisson of natural language explanations, this being a cross between footnotes and critical interpretation.
The aim could have been to ultimately curl up in a comfy chair in front of an open fire with a bundle of good code to read but it didn’t quite work out that way. The average English speaker may have a vocabulary of more than 30,000 words but a popular programming language such as Java only requires recognition of around 50 keywords and how they are used in context. Such brevity can mean getting things done with a computer language may require a penchant for puzzles or even poetry. The driving force behind this artistic endeavour, artist and engineer Ishac Bertran, is of the opinion that “code can speak literature, logic and maths".
A total of 190 poems were submitted by writers from 30 different countries for the first edition of “code (poems)”, with the only submission criteria being that a poem should have a maximum size of half a kilobyte and that it was required to be executable on a computer without falling over in a heap of error messages.
Contributions in arcane dialects such as HTML,C#, SQL, Objective C and AppleScript were most welcome. Larry Atkin (front) and David Slate at the 10th ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Computer Chess Championship in Detroit, Michigan (1979).
They may have been poorly taught at some institutions with ill-focused textbooks and this accumulated over time to computer programming being perceived as something non-mainstream, within the geek domain. To counter this perceived difficulty, campaigns are emerging from several quarters that seek to promote coding as an empowering ability, much like a second language. Code.org is a not-for-profit foundation set up to champion the need for computer programming education.


Volunteer-led efforts such as Codeacademy and ScriptEd are spreading the mission in this regard. The ScriptEd initiative is immersing low-income high schools from Harlem into learning environments in which coding skills can be acquired naturalistically.
Coding should be seen for what it is: another way to communicate, unleashing a liberating force that can literally enable better living through programming. Esperanto – conceived and created in the late 19th century – was a noble but failed attempt to engineer a universal natural language. Now is the time for a new breed of polyglots to arise and creatively tinker away in the process. Desktop users: right click on the image and choose "save image as" or "set as desktop background".
September 25, 2015 By Kyle 1 Comment No one spends more time behind a keyboard than modern day software engineers, which is way serious programmers use mechanical keyboards.
Blue switches are a clicky switch, which feel great to type on and offer awesome audio feedback but may be louder than you’d want for an office environment. The CODE 87-Key mechanical keyboard is a great option for programmers looking for clicky switches on a tenkeyless mechanical keyboard. The Das Keyboard 4 Professional is available in both Brown and Blue switches, and it’s a great mechanical keyboard for programming at home. Once you find the perfect mechanical keyboard, be sure to take a look at our guide to the best monitors for programming. We use a Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivatives licence, so you can republish our articles for free, online or in print. Sure, it makes rocket science possible but anyone who can count, make choices and do things over and over again can probably learn how to program.
But a firm grasp of sequence, selection and repetition is all that’s needed to code at beginner’s level, even in programming languages with exotic sounding names, such as Java, Python or C++. It may sound complex but it’s what we do when we draft a letter, compose a business report or author the Great Novel of our dreams. Ditto for computer programming: study how to read and write half-decent code and building the next Facebook can be within your reach. The pithy aphorism of MIT academics Hal Abelson and Gerald Sussman that “programs must be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute” is still only a pipe dream, but it shouldn’t be.
A 2012 creative project soliciting “code poems” resulted in a limited edition publication now in its second edition.


There is a broad and grave concern that students are being turned off studying computing courses at university due to a misguided apprehension of programming being difficult to absorb.
This is more Berlitz language school in tone than the often implicit desperation evident in the enculturation of cliched “work-ready” technical graduates. The panoply of existing computer programming languages is similarly artificial and each in their own subtle way influence how their “speakers” think.
Mechanical switches can help you type faster and more efficiently, and also help you establish a flow to your work more than a standard keyboard could. In our experience, the best mechanical switches for programming are Cherry MX Clear, Brown, and Blue switches. They work great for an office setting or open floorplan where you may be worried about annoying your coworkers. CODE keyboards have a timeless font and 7 different levels of brightness for the LED backlighting. The dedicated media buttons will make it seamless to skip a track or adjust your music while you’re working, allowing you to stay in the zone and productive. Adding another monitor to your coding setup can give you a huge boost in productivity and efficiency, so it’s highly recommended. The tactile feedback that these switches offer give you a great feel for each keystroke and makes it easier to get into a flow of accurate and effortless coding. Brown switches are lighter than Clears, you can check out a great comparison of the different switch types on our guide to mechanical switches page. I’m a big fan of the RK-9000v2 and have called it the best mechanical keyboard under $100. The aluminum chassis has a very solid and high-tech feel to it, and the build quality is superb. 12.Support protocol that have fix length header and no header length field appear in the header fields.



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