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Keynote: The Different Paths We Take As Programmers

Tracy Osborn
September 22, 2019

Keynote: The Different Paths We Take As Programmers

Not everyone who learns Python is using it to become a back-end programmer. In this keynote, Tracy will cover her process on how she learned how to program and how she uses Python and programming in her current work, as well as why programming education can (and should) change considering all the ways we can use Python and programming in 2019.

Tracy Osborn

September 22, 2019
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    The Different Paths We Take

    Tracy Osborn @limedaring

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    “I wish they would stop teaching Django.

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    “I wish they would stop teaching Django. 

    It teaches people to be bad programmers.”

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    My rocky road to
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    CSC 101
    Fundamentals of Computer Science

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    Fundamentals of Computer Science III

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    The problem: 

    Viewing programming as 

    a straight line of progression

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    “No true programmer”

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    It’s like saying that there are only two kinds of people
    when it comes to swimming, those that can learn
    how to swim and those that can’t.
    http://jacquesmattheij.com/the-no-true-programmer-fallacy

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    Demand for software developers is expected to grow
    by 17% between 2014–2024.
    Kyle Thayer and Andrew J. Ko. (2017) Barriers Faced by Coding Bootcamp Students

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    In the 1984-1985 academic year, women accounted for
    nearly 37% of all computer science undergraduate
    students…

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    In the 1984-1985 academic year, women accounted for
    nearly 37% of all computer science undergraduate
    students… and as of 2010-2011, women made up just
    17.6% of computer science students.
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    Furthermore, the percentage of women working in
    computer science-related professions has steadily
    declined since the 1990s, dropping from 35% to 25%
    in the last 15 years.
    http://www.computerscience.org/resources/women-in-computer-science/

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    The University of California at Berkeley experienced a
    revolution in their introductory computer science classes
    after changing how they marketed the course. What used
    to be known as Introduction to Symbolic Programming is
    now called The Beauty and the Joy of Computing.

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    The University of California at Berkeley experienced a
    revolution in their introductory computer science classes
    after changing how they marketed the course. What used
    to be known as Introduction to Symbolic Programming is
    now called The Beauty and the Joy of Computing.
    The result? For the first time in 2014, women in the
    class outnumbered men.
    http://www.computerscience.org/resources/women-in-computer-science/

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    The University of California at Berkeley experienced a
    revolution in their introductory computer science classes
    after changing how they marketed the course. What used
    to be known as Introduction to Symbolic Programming is
    now called The Beauty and the Joy of Computing.
    The result? For the first time in 2014, women in the
    class outnumbered men.
    http://www.computerscience.org/resources/women-in-computer-science/

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    Embracing different paths

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    Pool of beginners
    T H E N N O W

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    T H E N N O W

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    Level up your skills more 

    before acting like you are an authority.

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    Level up your skills more 

    before acting like you are an authority.
    Also, if you are going to have a book for designers, consider
    showing more attractive web pages inside.

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    What can we do better?

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    Reject the “one true programmer”

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    Two out of three developers are self-taught.
    http://stackoverflow.com/research/developer-survey-2016#work

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    Two out of three developers are self-taught.
    http://stackoverflow.com/research/developer-survey-2016#work
    https://news.ycombinator.com/user?id=metaphorm
    I would say that 3 out of 3 developers are self-taught, but
    that about one third of them also have a degree in
    Computer Science.

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    Students are faced with stereotypes of what a “real”
    programmer is. That “one true programmer” myth
    mentioned earlier.

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    Students are faced with stereotypes of what a “real”
    programmer is. That “one true programmer” myth
    mentioned earlier.
    Bootcamp certificates were not perceived as high of
    value as university degrees. Many jobs stated they only
    interviewed candidates with degrees.

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    Students are faced with stereotypes of what a “real”
    programmer is. That “one true programmer” myth
    mentioned earlier.
    Bootcamp certificates were not perceived as high of value as
    university degrees. Many jobs stated they only interviewed
    candidates with degrees.
    Contracting or freelance work was not seen as valuable
    as a full-time job.

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    Reject the “one true programmer”
    Embrace the mediocre programmer.
    (h/t Jacob Kaplan-Moss)

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    “The myth of the “genius programmer” is extremely
    dangerous.
    On one hand, it sets the entry threshold excessively high,
    scaring a lot of would-be-programmers away.
    On the other hand, it also haunts those that are already
    programmers, because it means that if you don’t ‘rock’ at
    programming, then basically, you suck.”

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    Reject the “one true programmer”
    Embrace the mediocre programmer.
    (h/t Jacob Kaplan-Moss)
    More specificity at conferences, events, and courses
    when it comes to complexity of material.

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    “Beginner” “Intermediate” and “Advanced”

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    “Beginner” “Intermediate” and “Advanced”
    Beginner + Deployment
    Beginner + Web Apps
    Intermediate + Data Science

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    Reject the “one true programmer”
    Embrace the mediocre programmer.
    (h/t Jacob Kaplan-Moss)
    More specificity at conferences, events, and courses when it
    comes to complexity of material.
    Mentor!

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    Reject the “one true programmer”
    Embrace the mediocre programmer.
    (h/t Jacob Kaplan-Moss)
    More specificity at conferences, events, and courses when it
    comes to complexity of material.
    Mentor!
    Build more tutorials and guides aimed at niches.

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    Programming for engineers.
    Programming for artists.
    Programming for writers.
    Programming for people who want to build a startup.

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    You can teach even if you feel like a “beginner”!

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    In conclusion…

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    Thank you!
    Follow me on Twitter: @tracymakes

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    Psst…
    Hello Web Books:
    hellowebbooks.com

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