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Years ago, I lost my temper while arguing with my brother, and said, "Jeff, I could teach you everything I know and you'd still be an idiot." Please keep that in mind as you read this site.

Recent posts

Programmer Competency Matrix

There's no scientific research behind this tabulation of what programmers ought to know, and some of the categorizations are unactionably vague, but it's sti...
December 02, 2010

Prerequisites (or, When to Say No)

How much should Software Carpentry assume students know before they start? Or to put a sharper point on it, how much should this course require students to k...
December 02, 2010

Peer to Peer

One of the things we think didn't work well in this term's online run of the course was peer-to-peer discussion among students. Such discussion is one sign ...
December 02, 2010

Cast Your Votes

The solstitial holiday is approaching fast, but with a bit of luck, we should be able to get one more lecture up on the web before it arrives. Topics we coul...
December 02, 2010

End of an Era

From http://basieproject.org: We have decided to wind down the Basie project and put our effort into Pinax, a collection of reusable Django components design...
November 30, 2010