@Lwasserman I always seem to do better on the 3rd attempt 😅
"[Computer science] is not really about computers -- and it's not about computers in the same sense that physics is not really about particle accelerators, and biology is not about microscopes and Petri dishes...and geometry isn't really about using surveying instruments. Now the reason that we think computer science is about computers is pretty much the same reason that the Egyptians thought geometry was about surveying instruments: when some field is just getting started and you don't really understand it very well, it's very easy to confuse the essence of what you're doing with the tools that you use." - Hal Ableson (author of SICP).
SICP will show you how CS people 'think' about programming problems and teach you your first language (a semi-toy language, useful for instruction) so it's a great first book. I haven't read the Concrete Math book so I can't really comment on it but I'd definitely encourage you to seek out a good algorithms course after that. I think Harvard has some free courses online. Then you'll want to learn a very high level language like Python for general applications. After that, what tools you learn will be more specific to what you want to end up doing.
I started out in Zoology and then moved into a MS in CS later in my career. The advice @freemo is giving is solid. Anyone with a decent logical mind can do well at the practice of programming (writing good code, working with other developers, etc) but you'll be limited on the design side without brushing up on your math. If you've made it through Cal2 then you should have a strong enough grounding to pick most of the other stuff up. Discrete math and Linear Algebre would be good courses to look for online as supplements.
SCIP is a very good intro book but TAoCS is extremely dense and you'll most likely miss most of the nuance without the equivalent of an intro to algorithms course.
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@MutoShack I also checked the w3c standard (yeah...went off the deep end here) and it states "an XML processor MAY, but need not, make it possible for an application to retrieve the text of comments".
I guess they embraced the 'MAY' here :)
I scanned the source (http://git.savannah.gnu.org/cgit/guile.git/tree/module/sxml/simple.scm) and didn't see any specific token for comments so you'll have to do some major mods to get it in there.
You could probably expand the default element handler but it'll take some work.
I strongly recommend having arguments about things you disagree about, and especially double-cruxing them. <https://www.ericherboso.org/2016/01/the-double-crux-game.html> Up until today, this was all just a theoretical recommendation, but… wow does it help.
I think I'm finally starting to see the meaning of “what do you think you know, and how do you think you know it?". I'm probably right about this thing I'm arguing about, but my reasons for believing it right now are stupid (and are the same reason I didn't believe it earlier).
@realcaseyrollins Appreciated. I'm not in a high risk category so I'm betting the net outcome of this situation is a shorter home improvement list and hopefully being a bit better at guitar.😁
It appears I've been exposed via a friend who came over to the house. So, today is my first day of self-imposed quarantine.
So far I can't log in to my work account remotely and am waiting on IT to call back with suggestions. While I wait I've made myself some real oatmeal for the first time in years. I might even get a little yard work done and start on a woodworking project.
It's amazing that once you are forced to deal directly with the scary thing a lot of the anxiety just goes away.
I suspect a lot of my friends don't know how to cook (or not much) and maybe due to World Events right now are trying to figure out how to eat healthy at home for cheap and with little effort (and many are also vegetarian).
It so happens that I've optimized a lot of our eating stuff for such things (cheap, shelf-stability, fairly healthy, vegetarian, fast). Maybe I should start some repo documenting my food recommendations if there's interest...?
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