TITLE: Matthias, Speak to My Students AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: February 21, 2015 11:11 AM DESC: ----- BODY: I love this answer from Matthias Felleisen on the Racket users mailing list today:
The book emphasizes systematic design. You can solve this specific problem with brute force regular-expression matching in a few lines of code. The question is whether you want to learn to solve problems or copy code from mailing lists and StackOverflow without understanding what's really going on.
Students today aren't much different from the students in the good old days. But the tools and information so readily available to them make it a lot easier for them to indulge their baser urges. In the good old days, we had to work hard to get good grades and not understand what we were doing. -----