[Beowulf] Re: "hobbyists"

Karen Shaeffer shaeffer at neuralscape.com
Fri Jun 20 10:36:21 EDT 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.

 Karen Shaeffer
 Neuralscape, Palo Alto, Ca. 94306
 shaeffer at neuralscape.com  http://www.neuralscape.com
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