I never thought of programming challenges as a way to improve muscle memory. It is so obvious once you say it. I have been guilty of not giving them adequate priority. Your article has given me extra motivation. Thanks
When I’m interviewing candidates for hire, I often ask what kind of on-the-side programming do they like to do. I look for people who understand that your have to keep practicing on a music instrument to get better at it and see their software “art” in the same way. Doesn’t even matter to me what kind of programming you do, I like to hear about how passionate you are about it.
… and even if you play guitar and your favorite genre is rock, doing some little practice with blues, metal, or any other different genre can be anything but useless. And I agree with you: imo programing is both a science and an art.
As mentioned in another comment, I wasn’t aware of it. However I wouldn’t consider cooperative learning a reason for leave it out… actually that sounds like a very good thing, and now I am getting curios :]
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