On Mar 10, 2014, at 9:34 PM, Robert Hansen <email@example.com> wrote:
> On Mar 10, 2014, at 2:21 AM, Joe Niederberger <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >> R Hansen: >>> This field is more like the music industry and probably should be treated as such in school. >> >> OK. I'll fall for your silly bait. What are your chart topping tunes? > > I was thinking more in terms of talent, performance and even stardom.
I will add here that there is a pleasurable aesthetic quality behind the activity of programming, as there is behind the activity of music, and behind the activity of mathematics. It?s that quality that draws you into spending the majority of your own time doing *that thing*. For me, prior to programming, mathematics was that thing. Periodically, music is that thing. If you can also make a living at it, then that is just icing on the cake. In my experience, the common denominator of good programmers is that programming is that thing. A red flag in an interview is when you ask the candidate ?How did you get into programming?? and they reply ?I like computers.? That?s not a showstopper, that could just be their way of saying they like programming, but it also could be their way of saying they don?t understand the question. You need only follow up with ?So, tell me some of your memorable experiences with *computers*?? to determine which it is.