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Do you agree with Jonathan Yarden and believe that you can’t be a good programmer unless you think like a computer? Why or why not? Let us know if this information, as featured in the May 12 Internet Security e-newsletter, is useful to you.If you haven't subscribed to our free Internet Security e-newsletter, you're missing out on some great information. Subscribe today!

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Not at the moment

by Cactus Pete In reply to Think like a computer

I'm still in May 9, so I guess I can't comment, really.

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Too funny

by maxwell edison In reply to Not at the moment

I had to read the original post and your answer two times before it registered, but it was a good laugh.

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There are 10 kinds of people...

by GuruOfDos In reply to Too funny

Those who unerstand binary...and those who don't!

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Got it

by Cactus Pete In reply to There are 10 kinds of peo ...

That phrase is the background image on my iPAQ. I love it when people give a little 'half-laugh' upon seeing it.

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Think like a creator of Computer

by r_leelavati In reply to Not at the moment

Computer is a Toy, which proceeds as you feed. Make it to dance as per the rhythm of your thoughts. So we need to think like creator of computer and not just as a computer.

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TechnoPoetry?

by rickydoo In reply to Think like a creator of C ...

I wonder if anyone in the field of AI is working on this subject.
An infinite number of CPUs with an infinite number of clock cycles...

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Think like a Computer is an Oxymoron

by maxwell edison In reply to Think like a computer

The best programmers are ones who can think logically and precisely, not missing a single detail, regardless of how "obvious" it may seem.

When I learned my first programming language (early 80s), that first instructor would illustrate this by constantly reminding us that computers are stupid - that computer's actually can't think. Therefore, we have to tell it exactly what to do.

An analogy:

Start walking

versus

Raise the right foot 4 inches - move the right foot 90 degrees for a distance of 18 inches - lower the right foot 4 inches - raise the left foot 4 inches - move the left foot 90 degrees for a distance of 18 inches - lower the left foot 4 inches - raise........

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However Since you didn't provide a link

by maxwell edison In reply to Think like a Computer is ...

However, since you didn't provide a link to the article - AS USUAL - I can't comment on Jonathan's statement in its intended context.

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Edison is right

by Oz_Media In reply to However Since you didn't ...

No Max I'm not jumping on the bandwagon (I got tired of that last rant).
You are 100% right in saying computer programming involves logic, whereas computers are black and white (or should i say 0+1) the ability to resolve coding issues and make thecomputer perform a task is completely dependant on your use of logic. Computers without logical users writing code would be as useful as asking your shampoo bottle what your account balance is.
As for the article, I'm sure it was very nice.:-)

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Was not - yet

by Cactus Pete In reply to Edison is right

There is no link to the article because it hasn't been published yet. It's due out in one of the mails in a few days, but someone, I don't know who, usually sends out the editor's response too early.

That's even worse, I think, than not linking to an existing article...

As for walking, your program crashed, you forgot to include the balance object.

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