For Spring: a PBSesque video with a very short Bollywood musical number, Daleks, a TARDIS, Star Wars Stormtroopers and … Kevin Smith (link via Jason Kottke).
What more could a girl ask for?
Abstract: All teachers of programming find that their results display a
‘double hump’. It is as if there are two populations: those who can, and
those who cannot, each with its own independent bell curve. Almost all
research into programming teaching and learning have concentrated on
teaching: change the language, change the application area, use an IDE and work on
motivation. None of it works, and the double hump persists. We have a test
which picks out the population that can program, before the course begins.
We can pick apart the double hump. You probably don't believe this, but you
will after you hear the talk. We don't know exactly how/why it works, but
we have some good theories.
A cognitive study of
early learning of programming
I myself have heard plenty of horror stories
about applicant programmers who can't program, but even simple programs (via Ceej,
from where I found the other links) can trip up a seasoned programmer (I
tried the FizzBuzz program, and my first two attempts had bugs—sigh).
I just find it hard to believe that there are so many bad programmers out
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