Thu 16 Oct 2008
Occasionally I think there are moments around here that illustrate how unique (read: strange) the iSchool at Berkeley is.
Case in Point: the 'A Hierarchy of Skills' thread. It began innocently, with someone inviting us into the thought experiment of ranking programming languages in the order that they should be learned. Enter incredible geekdom, and more than 100 sometimes impassioned emails about a variety of topics, including:
- why PHP sucks
- why Python is amazing
- why Java sucks
- why Ruby is amazing
- what an iSchooler should know
- what the best language for programming courses is
- occasionally, the original question
So, basically, it was one of the most in-depth, geekiest, interesting threads ever. And then, to top it off, we have this. The abridged, cliff notes version in graphical form. Who would do this? Ryan Greenberg, in this case. But really it occurs to me how unique and amazing the Berkeley iSchool can be, full of talented people who will debate each other to death, then make jokes, then make pretty visualizations of the whole process (and then probably go drinking). God this place is special.
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