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Everybody's doing it [Feb. 20th, 2008|09:39 pm]
sethb
albeit perhaps not quite so well.

I am nerdier than 99% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!
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[User Picture]From: erikvolson
2008-02-21 03:46 am (UTC)
Okay, I can see that.
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[User Picture]From: n2mlq
2008-02-21 04:25 am (UTC)
Yep, you're nerdier than I am.

I am nerdier than 98% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!
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[User Picture]From: lynn_massa
2008-02-21 04:49 am (UTC)
I'm not worthy!!!!

Lynn, 60 - low ranking nerd
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[User Picture]From: beamjockey
2008-02-21 05:12 am (UTC)
If you're not a nerd god, nobody is. I don't even need to look at the test to know that.
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[User Picture]From: beamjockey
2008-02-21 05:29 am (UTC)

I am nerdier than 98% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!


Very high, but not quite as high as sethb. Which is about where I think I should be. (I think we both got penalized for having friends and social lives...)
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[User Picture]From: kate_schaefer
2008-02-21 05:25 am (UTC)
You have always been a nerd.

I laughed out loud at the question about which language was not a real programming language. I think this says more about my nerdliness than anything else on the quiz. I'm not a true nerd, myself, but I do partake of nerdly nature.
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[User Picture]From: beamjockey
2008-02-21 05:31 am (UTC)
I had trouble with that question. All the choices looked good to me. Is it a snobbery thing?
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[User Picture]From: kate_schaefer
2008-02-21 06:23 am (UTC)
All the choices looked good, in that they were none of them real programming language, or in that a real programmer could write real code in any of them?

I used to tell people that I wasn't a techie, because I had to ask other people to debug my JCL. Jon Singer pointed out that anybody who had JCL to be debugged was more techie than the vast majority of the population. Time went on, I realized that I could debug my JCL all by myself, and then that contract ended. Now anybody who has JCL to be debugged is working in a really backward shop, and I no longer write code of any sort.
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[User Picture]From: beamjockey
2008-02-21 06:32 am (UTC)
Oh, now I see that I could have been clearer. A real programmer could write real code in any of them. So I couldn't see which of the choices should be ruled out.

(I was a subscriber to Datamation when the Real Programmer article came out.)

Jon Singer offered wisdom.
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2008-02-21 03:57 pm (UTC)
I once had to write JCL in a shop that was using a bastard version of FORTRAN with extensions to make it more like COBOL. No shit.

I didn't last three months.
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From: sethb
2008-02-21 04:34 pm (UTC)
A real programmer can write FORTRAN in any language.

Unfortunately, so can a second-term student who took FORTRAN in his first term. FORTRAN in APL is not a good thing.
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[User Picture]From: benveniste
2008-02-21 05:42 pm (UTC)
Fortran in APL is not a good thing, but COBOL in APL would be truly amusing.
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[User Picture]From: jbriggs
2008-02-21 06:23 pm (UTC)
I think it would be harder to write FORTRAN in APL than COBOL in APL, COBOL is pretty simple compared to FORTRAN (and I appear to be among others who have coded in all three languages, here!)
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From: sethb
2008-02-21 09:01 pm (UTC)
I wasn't referring to writing an interpreter (or compiler) for the guest language, but to writing code that looks like the guest language. FORTRAN is easy; COBOL's Environment Division might use good code under the hood.

(Adin Falkoff wrote a workspace called ENGLISH that could provide the basis for COBOL.)
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[User Picture]From: autopope
2008-02-21 09:17 pm (UTC)

Oh bugger ...


I am nerdier than 98% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!
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[User Picture]From: velochicdunord
2008-02-22 12:07 am (UTC)
Damn. I've been hanging out with the kewl kids for too long.

I am nerdier than 55% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

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