One of the Software Sustainability Institute’s missions is to increase programming skills through training. So as part of my Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship, and with support from the Royal Geographical Society, I am organising an introductory programming workshop targeted at geographers. However, as well as telling people what they need to know from the perspective of someone with programming skills, I also think it is important to understand how learning computer programming is viewed from the non-programmer's perspective so that the training can be made as effective as possible. Therefore, the application process for attending the workshop involved a survey that asked non-programmers questions about their perceptions of computer programming. I’ve summarised here what I think are some interestingly consistent themes and how these will affect the design of my workshop.
I had a total of 18 applicants for the workshop, the majority of whom had interests in human geography, so the following does need…Continue Reading