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Discussion on: 5 Pillars of Learning Programming

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rainerhahnekamp Author

In my experience this is simply too much for beginners. They are struggling with the basic concepts like variable assignments or conditions.

Therefore I advise only to provide them with existing unit tests and make sure they are coding against them.

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Mark Schweiger

I think there's some middle-ground there:
If the tests are quite complex then they should be provided at first, but they should be explained and not given as a black box.
If the tests are rather simple, I think some of them should be written to "get the feeling".

All in all, a great article and very interesting insight. I hope that this approach will be picked up by universities and coding bootcamps, though I don't think the academy will change their approach anytime soon.