[Beowulf] Re: "hobbyists"
shaeffer at neuralscape.com
Fri Jun 20 07:36:21 PDT 2008
On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 02:41:42AM -0400, Robert G. Brown wrote:
> c) some mix of mentoring by a guru and working your ass off. A bright
> and motivated person can teach themselves C, but I'll be damned if I
> think that they can teach themselves to code C >>well<< in less than
> years of painful mistake-driven lessons unless they have a guru or some
> other way of learning some of the simple wisdom that makes it possible
> to turn out decent, readable, code. And even with a guru and working
> quite hard, it still takes years, just fewer years.
Today it is very straight forward. The 2.6.x linux kernel is an exemplary
body of superb C programming code. All you need is motivation and a network
connection. And the linux kernel email development lists have hundreds of
programming guru's pontificating and standing on soap boxes daily.
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