Programmer's Hostility Towards Beginners
joseph at kirtland.com
Sun Jul 6 19:50:16 CDT 2008
In all the years I've worked in electronics, both a a career and as a
hobby, I've never learned any programming languages.
I've started playing with PIC microcontrollers, and am attempting to
learn some basics of assembly language and C. I have a PicKit2
programmer, and know how to burn the code into the chips. I've also
joined a few mail discussion lists catering to embedded C programming
and assembly as used in the microcontrollers.
In recent posts to this programming forum, I've encountered something
that I find most unfortunate. This certainly doesn't speak for all,
but is just a generalization from my own observations. Professional
programmers are rather hostile towards beginners. If you can't
understand the syntax of C or mnemonics used in assembly, you are
perceived as an idiot. I had replied to one individual in the list
that also maintains a web page of projects, including the source
code. In writing, I stated that I was trying to learn, and received a
rather curt reply stating that it takes years to learn the ins and
outs. It felt Sort of like, go back to your little hobby world and
leave the coding to professionals.
I hope this is an isolated incident. There are some excellent books
for self learning, though it is always helpful to have an expert peak
at what you're doing and offer constructive criticism, rather than
PICs look to be a lot of fun to use for projects, and what can be done
with them is limited only by one's imagination. It does take a bit of
help to learn how to program them, however.
Wish there were some night classes at the local university to attend.
Pleasant Grove, Utah
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