Frustrate Them For A Lifetime
Erin Call
Instructor, PCS
Webdev for 8 years
Why should you want newbies?
We have ludicrously low unemployment in programming right now:
Extremely low unemployment sounds great, but in fact it causes a lot of problems.
So why should newbies need help? People teach themselves programming all the time.
Stackoverflow is full of well-intentioned errors.
Programming environments can throw you into a rabbit hole without warning.
Step 1: draw some circles.
Step 2: draw the rest of the owl.
Ok, so how do I help mentor people?
If you give someone a program, you will frustrate them for a day.
If you teach someone to program, you will frustrate them for a lifetime.
David Leinweber, Nerds On Wall Street
Tell them they aren't stupid.
Give them something to do.
Erin Call