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- Subject: Re: Beginner to programming. References to understand terms.
- From: Jorge <xxopxe@...>
- Date: Thu, 27 Apr 2017 16:56:51 -0300
On 26/04/17 18:08, Hisham wrote:
I can attest that this
citation has at least some grain of truth. To this day I think very
concretely — but take into consideration that I learned that x=2 is a
stateful variable assignment_years_ before I learned that x=2 is a
mathematical equation (yes, I learned programming before elementary
The way these things work are really strange. I had classmate in
high-school who was absolutely unable to solve any equation whatsoever;
he said they made no sense to him. After a rather awkward discussion we
understood what was going on: for him "x + y = z" made sense because you
operated on the left and put the result on the right. But "x = z - y"
was just gibberish, because there was nothing to do! So he had a sort of
imperative thinking (notated backwards), probably developed from
laborious number crunching in school (no computers involved).