A computer scientist has revealed her ‘frustration’ at others thinking she is technologically illiterate because of her gender.
Jen Golbeck, an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, shared of a screenshot of an exchange she had with a male Twitter user.
She initially tweeted her frustration at using Java, a popular computer programming language, explaining that she wanted to “punch it in the face”.
Professor Golbeck then received a ‘patronising’ response from another user who encouraged her to ‘learn it’ – along with a winky face.
She tweeted back to the “mansplainer” that she is actually a computer science professor who has taught programming classes.
“I’m a computer science professor. I’ve taught a dozen programming classes that use java. I know it, thanks,” she wrote.
Her response has been shared by more than 20,000 users, with one user responding: “Mansplaining in 140 characters or less is the worst.”
Professor Golbeck added that she finds ‘mansplaining’ tweets very frustrating, adding that she regularly receives similar comments.
In August, another professor shut down a student’s ‘homophobic’ tweet with this response.
While this girl’s note to a boy about the importance of boundaries also went viral.
Now I understand the Prof’s frustration. Object oriented languages are modular in nature, and by making pre – compiled code modules available to perform common tasks they assume every programmer wants to do the same things in exactly the same way. This means that any programmer wishing to do anything out of the ordinary usually has to go through some complex and long winded loops to do simple things. And because it tries to be all things to all men, Java (and other Object Oriented languages) lead to massive software bloat, which is why we all have to have a supercomputer on our lap in order to run an operating system.
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