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part twoAdvice to PotentialProgrammers

eightTHE PERILS OF JAVASCHOOLS

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005

Lazy kids.

Whatever happened to hard work?

A sure sign of my descent into senility is bitchin' and moanin' about "kids these days," and how they won't or can't do anything hard any more.

When I was a kid, I learned to program on punched cards. If you made a mistake, you didn't have any of these modern features like a Backspace key to correct it. You threw away the card and started over.

When I started interviewing programmers in 1991, I would generally let them use any language they wanted to solve the coding problems I gave them. 99% of the time, they chose C.

Nowadays, they tend to choose Java.

Now, don't get me wrong: there's nothing wrong with ...

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