Subject: Re: Kids These Days! (not much Scheme content, but an appeal to Educators)
From: (Rob Warnock)
Date: 9 May 2001 03:08:42 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.scheme
Message-ID: <9dacbq$6nk8o$>
David Rush  <> wrote:
| FWIW, My first boss told me that, if he had his way, he would hire
| no-one who couldn't demonstrate the ability to write a clear
| explanatory paragraph. Programming lies at an interesting junction
| between literature and mathematics, as various of our luminaries
| (Knuth, etc.) have shown.

Personally, I still think Dijkstra said it best:

	Besides a mathematical inclination, an exceptionally good
	mastery of one's native tongue is the most vital asset of
	a competent programmer.[*]

(And English wasn't even his native tongue!)


[*] One of the "truths" in EWD 498 "How do we tell truths that might
    hurt?", pp.129-131 in Edsger W. Dijkstra, "Selected Writing
    on Computing: A Personal Perspective" (Springer Verlag, 1982)
    ISBN 0-387-90652-5. Scanned version of original monograph at

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