Ten years, or less

Peter Norvig, who I’ve written about here before, has a number of really interesting articles on his site.

Here’s one that stands out:

Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years

I like this:

There appear to be no real shortcuts: even Mozart, who was a musical prodigy at age 4, took 13 more years before he began to produce world-class music.

It’s a short article and well worth a read.

While I’m referencing this, there is also a great quote in the appendix:

When asked ‘what operating system should I use, Windows, Unix, or Mac?’, my answer is usually: ‘use whatever your friends use.’ The advantage you get from learning from your friends will offset any intrinsic difference between [operating systems]”

Nice – I think I’ll use that.