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Telling my nephew that code stuff *is* hard to learn, while also telling him he's not too young to learn is a really hard line to walk
Jonathan Lamothe mastodon (AP)
It's one of those things that's hard until it isn't.

I mean, there's parts of it that are hard, but there's nothing more satisfying than that "aha!" moment when you finally get it, imho.
Jonathan Lamothe mastodon (AP)
the beauty of programming is that you get to have those moments over and over again as there's always something new to learn.
Yeah, definitely

One of the things I hate is how much of programming is work that is rote as hell

But right now I am trying to teach him that he is able to do things on a computer, not just use programs, that that's an option for *him* and not just me
Jonathan Lamothe mastodon (AP)
I had an old job where I was writing code for monitoring systems. The language was nowhere near turing-complete and I found myself having to write very similar programs again and again. I eventually wrote an Emacs script that would ask me for some parameters and write the code for me. Moral of the story: if it's monotonous enough, automate it.
Obviously

but, also, I don't even want that amountm I'm a sysadmin in my soul, I don't *like* code