WYNC's Manoush Zomorodi investigates the gender gap in tech and computer science
, and finds a number of people working towards bridging that gap, from childhood to university: completely restructuring a required computer science course
to make it more welcoming to female university students
, celebrating women in computing history
(and recognizing that computer science wasn't so male-dominated
, and making children's books
!) for kids to explore programming concepts on their own. She also noticed that the majority of female computer science students in the US had grown up overseas - possibly because computer science isn't a common subject in American high schools
. This is slated to change: a new AP Computer Science subject is in the works
, with efforts to get 10,000 highly-trained computer science teachers in 10,000 high schools across the US
If you want to join Mindy Kaling
in supporting young girls
entering computer science, tech, and coding
, there's a lot [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Aug 16, 2014 -
shows you how computer algorithms can be represented visually, leading to better understanding of how the algorithms work:
"Have you ever implemented an algorithm based on formal description? It can be hard! Being able to see what your code is doing can boost productivity. Visualization does not supplant the need for tests, but tests are useful primarily for detecting failure and not explaining it. Visualization can also discover unexpected behavior in your implementation, even when the output looks correct."
posted by quiet earth
on Jun 26, 2014 -
Metafilter's own David Auerbach, who says he's now a former
programmer, describes a satori-like absorption that comes only from things like debugging.
posted by grobstein
on Jun 18, 2014 -
Silent Technical Privilege.
"Even though I didn't grow up in a tech-savvy household and couldn't code my way out of a paper bag, I had one big thing going for me: I looked
like I was good at programming."
posted by Memo
on Jan 9, 2014 -
The year was 1986, and Lynda had just joined a small cadre of female engineers working for FI, a groundbreaking IT firm that laid the foundations for outsourced development and women’s rights in the workplace.
The company, originally called Freelance Programmers, was founded in the early 1960s by Stephanie Shirley, a German who had been evacuated to Britain — along with many fellow Jewish children — as part of the kindertransport shortly before the Second World War.
Gender equality is still a major issue in the technology industry, but 50 years ago one British company was blazing trails
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jun 1, 2013 -
10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (a collaborative book by Nick Montfort, Patsy Baudoin, John Bell, Ian Bogost (previously, previously, previously), Jeremy Douglass, Mark C. Marino, Michael Mateas (of Facade), Casey Reas, Mark Sample and Noah Vawter)
uses a single line of code
as a basis for pontificating on creative computing
and the impact of software in popular culture. 10 PRINT's content is available as a PDF (50 MB)
via Casey Reas' Flickr.
posted by mrgrimm
on Nov 29, 2012 -
Bret Victor: We often think of a programming environment or language in terms of its features -- this one "has code folding", that one "has type inference". This is like thinking about a book in terms of its words -- this book has a "fortuitous", that one has a "munificent". What matters is not individual words, but how the words together convey a message.
Likewise, a well-designed programing system is not simply a bag of features. A good system is designed to encourage particular ways of thinking, with all features carefully and cohesively designed around that purpose
posted by AceRock
on Sep 27, 2012 -
This is just the top 30, what I consider to be the most likely candidates for actual new programming jargon based on community upvotes, not just "funny thing that another programmer typed on a webpage and I felt compelled to upvote for hilarity". Because that would be Reddit.
Coding Horror presents the top 30 Stack Overflow New Programming Jargon entries.
posted by Artw
on Jul 20, 2012 -
- Now you can look like you're doing something important on your computer, like you've always wanted to! (hit hack and just start bashing at your keyboard)
posted by azarbayejani
on Apr 27, 2011 -
is now out of beta. Designed as a question and answer forum for programmers, it's been made to fill the gap currently filled by sites like the much hated and oft mispronounced Expertsexchange
. If you're sick of having to scroll to the bottom
, and you write code, then this could be for you. The site has been made by a team headed by Jeff Atwood
and Joel Spolsky
. These are two uber-bloggers who've made a name for themselves talking about how to code. Of course, for haters of Stack Overflow, there are already a couple
to pamper to your anger. Finally, if you're wondering what a stack overflow
is, then wikipedia has the answer.
posted by seanyboy
on Sep 15, 2008 -
HTML. No Flash, no nothing. Wow.
posted by Su
on Feb 27, 2002 -
Sexy DHTML Tricks Abound!
Have you seen the DHTML pop-up items at PHP.net? These things are cool, cutting edge and amazingly groovy! Nice to see additional features added to the page without bloating the design. I like it! (DHTML compatible browser needed!) [ref: nublog
posted by DragonBoy
on Jul 7, 2000 -
is a crazy new app that adds metadata to any page you're viewing on the web. When you click on the newly hyperlinked words, it shows a popup with extra info about the word. Here's this site
, and prolific.org
screenshots (notice it actually recognized "0sil8" as a word). I also thought it was kind of funny it uses the same link colors as this site for it's hyperlinks. If you thought weblogs were a huge time sink, just imagine when every page you see has all sorts of offsite related links...
posted by mathowie
on Jan 31, 2000 -