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post #41 of 58 (permalink) Old 07-01-2008, 12:56 PM
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It's all about deriving at a particular answer(s) using a system of logic.


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Yeah,
Its really helping im math.
Acutally , Math and programming are pretty similar.
A CPU is a logic device, code runs on a logic device, and mathematics are logic-based thinking.
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It does. I really believe that. For instance when I'm coding, I am in a high state of awareness, and often times I'll get cranky if someone breaks my concentration. When I do SQL, it takes me a few moments to get my brain to think in code when switching back to C/C++, java, etc. Coding is akin to doing very difficult puzzles for hours on end. It definitely increases your awareness and you intelligence. Anyone can code, but very few people do it well, and I notice there are a lot of personality characteristics are similar to people who code really well. The first being that most good developers lack the ability to feel empathy toward other human beings. They're very much ego driven and sure of themselves. If you had to put it in one sentence, coders are sociopaths that don't commit crimes.
Yeah, I will have to agree with that.

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A CPU is a logic device, code runs on a logic device, and mathematics are logic-based thinking.
Even deeper than that, thanks to Boolean algebra, logic is a branch of mathematics.

I would say yes programming changed the way I think, just as any learning experiance changes the way I (or I would hope anyone) think. When I learned Lisp, suddenly I was able to look at functions, mathematical or otherwise, in a whole new way. While learning C++ I learned how to think about things as objects. If you learn something and it doesn't change the way you think in even a small way, have you really learned from it?


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Even deeper than that, thanks to Boolean algebra, logic is a branch of mathematics.
Excluding that Mathematics and Programming are connected with logics and other things like that. While programming you do not need mathematics, only in rare special cases. In the all other time, you just need to know the arithmetics - add, sub, mul, div, mod. nothing more.

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Excluding that Mathematics and Programming are connected with logics and other things like that. While programming you do not need mathematics, only in rare special cases. In the all other time, you just need to know the arithmetics - add, sub, mul, div, mod. nothing more.
Wait, say that one more time, I don't think I'm understanding the point you're trying to get across.


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I think it has and I know little of C++ and couple other languages but gives me a better understanding overall for some odd reason

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Wait, say that one more time, I don't think I'm understanding the point you're trying to get across.
Mathematics is not the reason we have logical thinking.
My point is something really simple "Programming and Mathematics have nothing in common"

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Mathematics is not the reason we have logical thinking.
My point is something really simple "Programming and Mathematics have nothing in common"
They both stem from a completely logical base.
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Mathematics is not the reason we have logical thinking.
My point is something really simple "Programming and Mathematics have nothing in common"
A CPU can only do 4 things - it can do integer math, floating point math, logic (jump to another location), and read/write memory.

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