QUOTE(pgas @ Apr 6 2005, 11:23 PM)
In practice it is nearly impossible to write a program if you are not able to run it and test it yourself
Nearly impossible.... yes.
QUOTE(iamasmith @ Apr 7 2005, 8:07 AM)
actually that reminds me I never did get those punch-cards back... lol laugh.gif
Back in the Paper Age, coders were made of sterner stuff than we mere silicon children.
Though... when our grade school class was sent in for a BASIC lesson,
the grim, professional computerist who lectured us, passed out a batch of yellowing punch cards, and made us handwrite our programs on the back of each one, which we passed before his brooding gaze for approval-
after which we were given leave to enter them ourselves on teletype terminals, and see what havoc ensued.
Only three years later, when I came back to visit the site; teletypes dialing up to a murky mainframe somewhere indefinably downtown, had all been replaced with mutely beeping Apple ][c's. The crusty, fierce computerist had been retired, and substituted by a twenty-years-younger math teacher, who'd never seen the day when logic circuits hummed, sparked, and glowed.
Math teacher didn't like me, much.
Such is progress.