Re: Tech Writers and Programming [revisited]

Subject: Re: Tech Writers and Programming [revisited]
From: Michelle Corbin Nichols <tigger -at- VNET -dot- NET>
Date: Wed, 28 May 1997 20:07:29 -0400

>Would "sister" courses, such as "VB for Technical Writers," "OOP
>for Technical Writers," or "Java for Technical Writers" be needed,
>wanted, or required? Or is "C++ for Technical Writers" far too
>specific to lead off. Would a basic course in "Programming for
>Technical Writers" be better?

I think a more general course would be more beneficial and apply to more
situations. I would argue for two courses, "General Programming Principles
for Technical Writers" and "Object-Oriented Programming for Technical
Writers." I have taken specific week-long courses in C, C++, and
Smalltalk, and while they helped me "read code" a little better, they did
not teach me the concepts necessary to really understand what is going on.
I then found 1 or 2 books on general programming principles and OO
programming and those helped me much more.

My $.05 worth,
Michelle Corbin Nichols

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