Top Computer Science Award Goes to Woman for the First Time

The highest honor in the field of Computer Science, the A.M. Turing Award, has gone to a woman for the first time. The special lady is Frances E. Allen, who worked at IBM for her entire career. She got some nice prizes with the award:

The various prizes: cufflinks, a tie clip, a certificate praising the recipient for “his accomplishments.”

Nice. She gets $100,000 too, so I guess that part is good.

Via Salon.com.

Teaching Programming

Yesterday was a pretty slow day at work, nothing was breaking (besides Quark and the fonts of couse, but what’s new). I found myself spending a lot of time reading Jeff Atwood’s Coding Horror. I always enjoy Atwood’s viewpoint on things.

I stumbled across two different articles he wrote about teaching programming. The focus is on trying to understand why so often some people ‘get it’ and others just don’t. I have to admit, I’m also quite partial to the title.

The second article is kind of sort of related but focuses on how people who already program can get better at it:



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