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Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years (norvig.com)
70 points by jdale27 3269 days ago | hide | past | web | 19 comments | favorite

I recently reached the end of my 10-year plan and let me tell you, it's more like "teach yourself programming in a lifetime" because if there's anything I've learned it's that there's always more to learn.

And if you don't have any "problems" anymore, you're not trying too hard... or you've solved every problem there is to solve.

You mean... learning happens the whole time you're alive?!

Cheater.. appending variables to be allowed to submit!

That's not cheating, that's hacking the system... Maybe this is actually a really clever meta-post :-)

I don't think users should periodically repost a classic just because its message bears repeating.

I'm 23 years old. I started programming when I was 13. All my problems in software now revolve around people issues.

I've been programming for well over ten years. I found it hard at first, but now I find it really really hard. By the time I retire, hopefully it will be damn near impossible.

Doesn't sound much fun. If you've solved everything technically, what else is left to do :/ Maybe you should find some harder problems to work on.

I don't see a problem with it when it's a response to stories like "learn how to hack in nine months."

The best part is that it was old back then, too.

Even though an old and previously posted article, is anyone listening? Or maybe it's a question of beliefs?

Because I think another aspect to look at this article with is that learning how to hack is fine, though start-ups should be focusing on the toughest problems, and ignoring history (how things got to where they are today) won't help anyone.

All of you working on the next social platform better beware of the history.

Listening to what, exactly? "I suck, because I haven't programmed for 10 years"? What exactly is the message here?

My message is that it's one thing to learn how to hack, but another part of it is learning why hacking is the way it is in order to figure out what to work on today.

Some things change fast, others don't. Most don't take the time to understand this--the best will.

when you've programmed for 10 years, how much further do you hope to be than you are now?

I have actually programmed for more than 10 years. My current impression is that I will probably never become a specialist for anything and will just have to make up things on the go, because technology changes so fast.

Maybe I have acquired some kind of taste, but then I always think about the many successful PHP projects out there (PHP is horrible in my opinion). So maybe even that "taste" is overrated. Just doing it seems to be all that counts.

Another thing is that I somehow try to optimize for the changing demands, and try to become faster at picking up stuff. I try to make it seem normal to pick up a new technology, rather than a reluctant effort. Not sure if it is the right way to go, though, and I also don't have a system for it.

Should you invest ten years in (a) becoming a better programmer? Or in (b) learning how to manage the people side of things? Or in (c) discovering what kinds of problems are worth solving?

How about (d) all of the above, making this "necessary but not sufficient"?

I'd invest 10 more years into enjoying programming in the first place. (Although I've already invested 20 into it.)

You would need more than 10 years for that...

is norvig born in denmark or he just has danish heritage? couldnt find out via wikipedia or his site but he wrote "...my fellow dane..." on his site.

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