Programming is not math, huh?

You’re right, programming isn’t math. But when someone says this, chances are it’s a programmer misunderstanding mathematics.

I often hear the refrain that programmers don’t need to know any math to be proficient and have perfectly respectable careers. And generally I agree. I happen to think that programming only becomes fun when you incorporate mathematical ideas, and I happen to write a blog about the many ways to do that, but that doesn’t stop me from realizing that the vast majority of programmers completely ignore mathematics because they don’t absolutely need it.

So when Sarah Mei argues in her article “Programming is not Math” that math skills should not be considered the only indicator of a would-be programmer’s potential,...

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