FishyFred: I read the headline and thought this would be about a guy who faked it until he got caught. But no. He wasn't faking it at all. He was LEARNING. And the article isn't about faking it at all. It's about his privilege as an Asian male and how it allowed him to learn while others were discouraged from learning in the first place.So the article is actually worthwhile, not some Cracked-esque thing designed to go viral.However, someone should fact-check what he said about Doom 3. Who would stay up late playing that game?
FishyFred: the article isn't about faking it at all. It's about his privilege as an Asian male and how it allowed him to learn while others were discouraged from learning in the first place.
FishyFred: However, someone should fact-check what he said about Doom 3. Who would stay up late playing that game?
wxboy: I thought this would be about the guy who got rich by taking on programming contracts and subcontracting them out to programmers in places like India and China for pennies on the dollar.
Slaves2Darkness: After 20 years in software development I have learned one thing, Asians make the best code monkeys and worst analysts. Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Indians, etc... worst farking analysts ever, but if you need someone to grind out code that has been designed down to the tiniest detail, hey they are the best at that. As long as you can explain to them exactly what you want them to do in excruciating detail you can get good work out of them.
Egoy3k: That was a great read submitter. +10That was a terrible headline submitter. -1,000,000It's nice to see a thoughtful article about the male centric world of computer science that doesn't use the word 'brogrammer', and has actual thoughts about to why this is so and suggestions on how it might be corrected. I also notice he didn't leave the engineers out. My biggest issue is with the current methods that we try to make STEM fields more inclusive to females specifically the scholarship and grants available to female students. If you have a cultural bias that women aren't good at math/science and then try to correct it with scholarships at the post secondary level it won't fix the issue. No girl who has been told all her life that she isn't as good as boys at math and science is going to decide to become an engineer simply because there are extra scholarships available to her. You need to fix the problem at a younger age. I'm not saying that the scholarships are a bad idea but they won't work in a vacuum.
Contents Under Pressure: I liked the article. Everyone should have the chances this guy had. Most bright people can be serviceable programmers, but good luck with that if you don't look the part and don't fit the (wink wink) "culture". It made my job searches last year so much fun. I'd walk in and just see it in their eyes.... "not One of Us..."
minuslars: Slaves2Darkness: After 20 years in software development I have learned one thing, Asians make the best code monkeys and worst analysts. Japanese, Koreans, Chinese, Indians, etc... worst farking analysts ever, but if you need someone to grind out code that has been designed down to the tiniest detail, hey they are the best at that. As long as you can explain to them exactly what you want them to do in excruciating detail you can get good work out of them.Case in point: if you're white and dumb it's just cause you're dumb. If you're not white and dumb it's because of your race.
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chasd00: I just don't get it, I work surrounded by women, DBA's, software engineers, project managers, etc. There are women everywhere in the technology workplace. I'm interviewing at another large company and the boss boss boss is a woman and the team i'm interviewing for has almost a 50/50 split by gender of software engineers. I work with Indian women, a Palestinian, and a couple standard whites. In my career ( about 15 years ) I've never seen any lack of diversity in the technology workplace.
gnosis301: "... required skills I hadn't yet learned but knew that I could pick up on the spot. "WTF? I haven't been a professional programmer for a decade, but isn't this how it is for a lot, if not every programmer?
meyerkev: So I think it's cultural issues.Because all the problems I've heard about with Asians is with "Asians in Asia" or "Asians fresh off the boat on H1-B visas". And they basically describe that same problem.
Cpl.D: Can anyone advise a wanna-be code monkey on a good way of picking up C++? Most of the tutorial books I've seen are garbage.
skozlaw: tl;dr version:A guy went to college, earned a degree, got a job and he's Asian.Go home Slate, you're stupid.
Mugato: Cpl.D: Can anyone advise a wanna-be code monkey on a good way of picking up C++? Most of the tutorial books I've seen are garbage.Well you could start with object oriented code theory, after that then it's just about syntax.While I'm here, anyone have any advice about .Net?
rjakobi: Meanwhile, there are several staff writers at Slate reading the article thinking "how long before they notice I don't have a journalism degree either" as they continue writing out trollerific articles.
bonobo73: I hear it runs on a virtual machine like Java and it's also Object Oriented. So just pick up an introductory or nutshell book on an object oriented language (like Ruby or Python or Smalltalk) and then check the Microsoft Developer's Website to work out the minor differences. But honestly, if I were you, I would just ignore all that .Net stuff and stick to Forth.
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