HHC 2013 observations/Programming
eric at hpcalc.org
Fri Sep 27 10:39:39 PDT 2013
> The idea is to start with the source code for a program that works, and
> change one little detail at a time until you morph it into what you want.
> Along the way, you learn to program. Even if you never saw the language
> Please do not disclose this idea to human resource people; they say that
> cannot program unless you have ten years programming experience with the
> exact tools and language that management imposes on you, and on the exact
> problem that they are trying to solve.
That's exactly how my company works. We hire people with zero programming
experience, put them through a 4 week training course, and then have them
write code. Most often, we suggest taking some existing code, copying it,
and modifying it until it does what they want. This is a pretty common
thing. I think the HR people you are familiar with are not very
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