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coding in high school
coding Posted 2002-09-03 11:34:51 by Jim Crawford
My sister started high school today. When I read the list of courses offered, I was stunned. Take a look at this:

Web Programming - This one-semester course will cover the basic topics of designing a web page using HTML and Java Script.
Wait, it gets better.
Computer Programming Techniques - This course will cover [...] fileserver database implementation, live broadcasting, and server-based scripting.
And then there's the computer science track:
Computer Science - This course introduces problem solving using the computer language Java.
Or if you're not a Java fan:
Advanced Placement Computer Science - This course is a study of the computer, its uses and limitations, programming in the C++ language, and its applications in various fields.
Here's the kicker:
Computer Design and Structure - This course studies programming at the machine level using assembly language. Students learn how to write a compiler during the second semester.

I doubt that most Universities offer classes that advanced. I have half a mind to shave my beard and try to enroll.

Incidentally, can you guess what programming class was offered in my senior year of high school? This was 1997 or so. Go on, guess. You're so wrong. Applesoft Basic. Which I loved, of course. If you're a programmer in high school, there are few things more affirming than taking a programming class. Unless the teacher is an asshole, of course.

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Posted by Anonymous on 2002-12-12 16:47:29
I actually would have studied/paid attention/attended if these classes were offered in high school!!
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Posted by Anonymous on 2003-11-01 08:44:58
Where I grew up, in Wyoming, there were no courses offered like this, no programming, and no graphic design. It's crazy how we got the crap end of that stick and I see 15 year old programmers/graphic artists who surpass me everyday.
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Posted by Anonymous on 2003-11-01 08:45:43
On a side note though...these are typically the programmers who lack any sort of professionalism.
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Posted by Anonymous (Craig Timpany) on 2003-11-03 03:35:25
I keep beating myself up because I have no B Plan besides coding work.

I mean, if they're teaching this stuff in High School/India, then the good times are over and it's time to find something else to do.
re: coding work
Posted by Jim Crawford on 2003-11-03 04:11:28
 I keep beating myself up because I have no B Plan besides coding work.

I had been all excited that my hobby would incidentally also be able to support me, it was really just astonishingly convenient. I don't know what the hell else I'll do if suddenly I can't live off of programming.

Hell, I'll probably have to go to school and study.
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