[Coco] Learning to program
robert.gault at worldnet.att.net
Wed Dec 14 22:11:37 EST 2005
There were some messages on the "best" way to learn programming. On that
subject was an interesting article "Where's the Real Bottleneck in
Scientific Computing?" by Gregory V.Wilson which appeared in the Jan.
American Scientist. To paraphrase, for every successful simulation there
were dozens of groups struggling to get their programs to run. Many
struggled on for months or years to achieve better than a crash or a
divide by zero. Getting to computation heaven was taking much longer
Wilson is a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto
and has placed his course material on the Internet at
Much of the material is specific to Python ( similar in many ways to
Basic09 ) but there are many generally applicable suggestions for any
computer language. It is well worth browsing through the site.
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