I knew learning Japanese would come in handy one day.
Speaking of lisp and chinese cartoons, SICP has been a meme on /g/ for years. GOOG has many more.
There are days I wonder how many people got their start in programming through that.
I got my pdf of The C Programming Language from one of those images.
That meme gave birth to textboard.org, an anonymous bulletin board in MIT/GNU Scheme.
Don’t let your memes be dreams, gentooman.
In my defence, I haven’t been on /g/ (nor any other part of that website) since 2012 and I’ve been a Scheme hacker since only 2017.
Ironically, textboard is hosted on Gentoo Linux.
(I am just making this up)
In Japan, bookstores are full of very cute manga guides for various programming languages, databases, operating systems, … With real stories and everything in it.
And, those books are not intended for children particularly, they are intended for students or professional IT engineers!
It’s odd that we don’t see that in english-language programming books. (Closest I can think of is the pseudo-narrative of Seven Languages in Seven Weeks, where the author compares each programming language to a popular film & uses references to the film to explain language concepts.) Maybe it’s because of the “two cultures” (still unfortunately common in CS undergrad in my experience, but a common enough comic trope in anime that I can’t imagine people in japan really taking it seriously).
Obligatory comment, just in case someone didn’t know about existence of The Manga Guides available through No Starch Press.
This looks interesting — but it still can’t be as good as the Poignant Guide To Ruby…
I learnt FORTRAN from The Coloring book….
What next, FORTRAN the breakfast cereal? FORTRAN the flamethrower?
I learned to program from “My Computer Likes Me (When I Speak In BASIC)”, which wasn’t a coloring book but was pretty fun(ky). Put out in the early 70s by the People’s Computer Company, a group of Bay Area techno-hippies.
Hah! I posted this to the #lisp channel at work with the comment “looks like Lisp has its own Poignant Guide”
I found this in my links file. I can’t really understand anything, but I still think it’s a funny idea. Does anyone know how one could get something like this translated (if it hasn’t been done yet).
There’s a whole cottage industry of unauthorized manga translations. Searching for “fansub” should turn up some communities … join one and ask for help?
Manga communities would probably be scanlations.