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#1 progcomputeach  Icon User is offline

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Programming-Maths knowledge

Posted 17 June 2010 - 03:37 AM

A friend and I were discussing again.

He said programming requires too much maths knowledge-I said that you just need to know the basics (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication). He also reckons HTML is a programming language ;-)

What do you think?
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Re: Programming-Maths knowledge

Posted 17 June 2010 - 04:10 AM

This is where some people get confused in programming. Unless you are working with numbers, you don't need much maths knowledge. Instead, you need logical thinking (See the difference?) You need to be able to know how to make a program in an optimum, logical way.
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Posted 17 June 2010 - 04:25 AM

Talents helping math are often the same ones helping programming.
Chances are, if you're good in one, you'll be good at the other too.
But no you dont NEED advanced math to programm. It helps though.

Html is a markup language, no programming language. Html does not
provide the ability to define algoritms, only defines the physical
strutcture of a website.
(Javascript does, but Javascript != html)
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Re: Programming-Maths knowledge

Posted 17 June 2010 - 06:25 AM

I agree with remorseless. Programming does not require advanced maths. However, programming does require logical thinking which is generally what maths tries to develop. If you think about the maths that you did in school, half of which you would never use in everyday life, it all needed you to understand a basic concept and apply that concept (often in combination with others) to solve a problem. Now think about programming. Often you are given a problem to solve (or an application to build) and you need to do so by applying concepts that you have learnt and developed.

Its not so much the actual maths but rather the logic behind it. :)
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