On 9/25/07, James Lampert <jamesl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

In my thirty years in this business, I have found
that a good programmer - one who understands how
a computer works - can switch between languages

That's because a good programmer is already fluent in at least three or
four programming languages (I could speak seven, three of them in more
than one dialect), including at least one assembler, and has WRITTEN at
least the parser for a compiler (my compilers class wrote one for a
degenerate subset of Modula-2), by the time he or she gets his or her

At least if the diploma is worth the artificial parchment it's printed on.

James H. H. Lampert
Touchtone Corporation

So you can't be a good programmer until you meet these requirements? I
guess I'm out, since I don't have a Computer Science degree, I have never
coded in an assembler language, and wouldn't where to start when writing a
compiler parser.

I guess I'll just have to settle for being productive.

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