Thursday, September 18, 2014

Keynote speech on PyCon JP 2014

I gave keynote speech on PyCon JP 2014 4 days ago.

Here is the movie recorded, but it is in Japanese and simultaneous translation was not recorded: CH10 Opening~Keynote: Hirokazu Nishio - YouTube

So I translated my slide and added explanations. Here is the English version: PyConJP Keynote Speech (English version)

If you are interested in, here is the original Japanese version: PyConJP Keynote Speech (Japanese version)

You are welcome to ask any questions!

Friday, September 5, 2014

What is better to call "hand-copying sample codes"?

If someone is learning new language and he/she feel difficult to understand textbook, I recommend to type small sample codes in tutorial by hands.

This learning methodology is called 'Shakyo' in Japanese, named after a practice of hand-copying sutras. (Sutras for Buddhist is similar to the Bible for Christian, see Sutra copying - Wikipedia)

However there are some people with opposite view. The original Shakyo practice include to empty his/her mind. That means Shakyo as programming practice must include to empty mind. Hand-copying sample code in empty mind is not good practice for learning programming, we should think a lot.

I think the word Shakyo causes misunderstanding. But I have no idea to replace it. Do you have any idea for that? Please tell me your opinion.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My book was translated and published in Chinese!

Here is the page of the book: 人民邮电出版社优秀图书:代码之髓:编程语言核心概念 图灵程序设计丛书.

The book was published in Japanese on 2013, published in Korean on this March. If you are interested in English version, please check this page: Programming Langueges: Their Core Concepts.