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On Wed, 10 Nov 2004 11:39:03 -0500, DuCharme, Bob (LNG-CHO)
> Peter Hunsberger wrote:
> >Some how I don't think one can claim to understand programing if you don't
> >understand recursion. Recursion is a fundamental concept in Computer
> Understanding it and getting the factorial homework assignment done in
> school is one thing, but many people have productive careers without ever
> needing recursion, so they don't get practice at it, so when it comes up
> they avoid it.
Fine, but lumping such people under the heading "programmers" doesn't
seem right. They might be people who need to do programming as part
of their jobs, but they don't strike me as people who practice the art
of programming as their job. If they where, they'd hit the places
where they need recursion on a regular basis.
I probably can't really justify this particular personal bias; perhaps
I'm the Computer Science equivalent of sexist (CSist?)...
> Some people can parallel park their car in their driving test, but they live
> somewhere where they never need to parallel park, so they avoid it when the
> possibility comes up. It doesn't mean they don't know how to drive.
Welcome to XSLT 1, the big city of programming languages.
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