257 RR Learning and Training with Neil Brown

Episode 263 · April 27th, 2016 · 1 hr 2 mins

About this Episode

01:29 - Neil Brown Introduction

02:32 - Where do new people get stuck?

07:21 - Targeting Particular Age Groups

13:46 - Becoming Professional Programmers

15:33 - Apprenticing

17:20 - Teaching Theory and Algorithms vs Practical Aspects

20:42 - Value and Negotiating Raises

24:06 - Preparing Students for Business Challenges

25:39 - What is the first thing students should learn?

28:46 - Using Games

30:45 - Using Music

31:48 - Hypotheses Testing

34:08 - Tools

38:23 - "Frame-Based Editing"

40:21 - Beyond Beginners

41:15 - “My Holy Grail has been to radically simplify professional programming. I now realize that simplification is not fundamentally a technical problem but rather a cultural one. Our nerd culture embraces inhuman levels of complexity. Mastering mind-boggling complexity is our mutant superpower. It is our tribal marker. Complexity is the air we breath, and so it is invisible to us. Simplification will only come from outside this culture. To disrupt programming I first have to reinvent it for a fresh audience of non-programmers.”

44:26 - Technical Matters vs Elitism

47:57 - Making Programming Easier to Learn

51:20 - Team Structures in Academia vs Industry


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