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by earl, 4627 days agoSteve Yegge on the importance of (knowing how to build) compilers: "[Compilers is] often the 'capstone' course of a CS program (OS often being the other one), which means it's a sort of "optional rite of passage" that makes you a Real Programmer and puts hair on your chest, regardless of gender or chest-hair preference.
"Designing an effective undergrad CS degree is hard. It's no wonder so many ivy-league schools have more or less given up and turned into Java Certification shops."
"I wouldn't be agile enough to dodge the game of graphic bloodshed aimed at me by animated, project-managing, object-oriented engineers using Java and Web 2.0 technologies to roast me via user interfaces designed rationally through teamwork and modern software methodologies."
"Large Systems Suck. This rule is 100% transitive. If you build one, you suck."
Awwww, brilliant :) And it's a long-held belief of mine, that compiler construction is to the programmer what shell scripting is to the user. Hm. That way of putting it may have quite a few too many twists as to be of any use at all. Well.
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