Gareth McCaughan <Gareth.McCaughan@pobox.com> wrote:
| Paul F. Snively wrote:
| > ...about how brain-damaging BASIC is, following Edsgar Dijkstra's lead...
| One small bunch of data points: so far as I can tell, most of the
| good programmers I know are good language learners too. They are
| also mostly (1) good all-round minds and (2) from mathematical
| or scientific backgrounds.
As long as we're referencing Dijkstra, I believe he also said something
to the effect that the most reliable predictor of becoming a good programmer
is a solid competency/fluency in one's native tongue.
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