[sf-lug] Tutor me in Programming?

Asheesh Laroia asheesh at asheesh.org
Mon Sep 8 13:07:55 PDT 2008

On Sat, 6 Sep 2008, vincent polite wrote:

> Hi Jim, I need help learning programming. I'm taking Javascript at City 
> College. I'm not having trouble with the syntax. I'm having trouble 
> thinking like a programmer. I guess I'm having trouble writing 
> algorithms. Does that make sense? I'll see you tomorrow at Javacat and 
> we can discuss it.

I don't remember seeing you; maybe I missed you!

But anyway, anytime there's an SF-LUG meeting I'm happy to help on 
programming questions.

What sorts of things are they having you do?  Can you name a particular 
question or exercise you're having trouble with?

Jim suggested "reading about algorithms," but I think that learning about 
Huffman coding for compression and A-star for shortest-path calculation 
with optional admissible heuristics (stuff done in an undergrad course 
*before* algorithms) probably isn't the right way to approach things.

We'll get there, but let's figure out what's confusing you step by step!

-- Asheesh.

When neither their poverty nor their honor is touched, the majority of men
live content.
 		-- Niccolo Machiavelli

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