Monthly Archives: October 2012

Any Compelling Reasons for College Graduates to Know the C Programming Language?

Why do I even ask this question? I ask this because over ten years ago, when I was working at BITS, Pilani there were intense discussions on what one should be doing in the two programming courses that were common … Continue reading

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How the Nature of Assessments Influence What Competencies You Develop in Programming…

During the last two years, I have interacted with a good number of students of Computer Science & IT from various universities in India. These are not the top ones like the IITs, BITS, Pilani, the NITs. Several students exhibit … Continue reading

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The “Up-to-Pointers” Syndrome

Try asking a sample of students from engineering colleges “How much have you learned in computer programming?” The most common response I get is “I have learned up-to-pointers”! My colleagues, friends and several professionals concur that they too hear this … Continue reading

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Is There a Recipe for Learning Programming Well?

I have taught a very large number of students programming for about 30 years. Roughly about 20% of each set of students end up being good programmers, while many others do not learn programming all that well. One of the … Continue reading

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Hello, I Want to Learn Santro, and Never Mind the Driving!

Just ask a sample of students who are enrolled in the engineering colleges who aspire to become software developers, “Have you done a course on Computer Programming? What did you do in that course?” The chances are that a large … Continue reading

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