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is programming innate?

2012-06-22 15:30:04.974373+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Coding Horror: Separating Coding Sheep from Non-Programming Goats. Talks about The camel has two humps (working title) by Saeed Dehnadi and Richard Bornat of the School of Computing, Middlesex University, UK, in which two programming teachers accidentally administer a simple test before any instruction takes place, re-administer the test after a few weeks, and discover that the results are the same.

The test is a simple one in programming terms, and they explore the notion that programming is an innate skill, and not something that can be taught.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-06-22 17:01:50.208314+00 by: meuon [edit history]

I would say that the thought processes required for programming (and many other things) are innate, and that instruction and experience help develop those skills and thought processes.