Friday, February 23, 2007

You still can't write a good novel

My brother-in-law was given the task of writing some integrated-circuitry emulator in C# on his internship job. He's a soon-to-graduate electrical engineer and rather an alien to software development. He was given a book, "Visual C# Step by Step" to supposedly help him along and complained to me how it doesn't really help him in figuring out how to actually write a good program, it just teaches him a programming language.

I told him that if he attended a course in French language, he still wouldn't learn how to write a good novel in French.

He understood the analogy. The problem is - at least if I remember my university years - an awful lot of educators around here don't get it.

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