Friday, July 28, 2006

Can I prog or not?

How can I tell if I'll be any good as a programmer?
Easily, according to a test devised by Saeed Dehnadi and Richard Bornat at Middlesex University's school of computing. In a draft paper they show that it takes only a three-line code example and a multiple-choice test to divide "programming sheep from non-programming goats", adding that it "predicts ability to program with very high accuracy before the subjects have ever seen a program or a programming language".

Ok, I'll stop quoting now.
The idea is based on the fact that in any computer science course, you have the guys and girls who get programming, and those who don't. Programming is an abstraction which not everyone can handle easily.

However I've tried doing the test myself form the draft paper. I can't quite figure out how to mark it.

Now, when is someone going to take this test and make it an online test?

take care,
Will

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Anonymous Saeed Dehnadi said...

A pseudo-implementation of the test is in Colin Lieberman's web-based if you are interested to try:
http://public.cactusflower.org/code/test.php
Good luck with the test.

1:00 a.m., July 31, 2006  

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