Old dogs and old tricks

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Thursday, February 2. 2006 in Programming

It's amazing, to me at least, how much stuff I learned from my first coupla undergrad years at Hopkins back in the late 70s/early 80s I still use, very much, to this day. A prime example of that are Karnaugh maps. These were taught like the 1st or 2nd year, and even then I thought they were neat concepts. I took to them like a fish to water. I never thought that I would still be using them today, but just a few days ago I was trying to figure out the simplest way of coding a conditional, and without a second thought I drew a little K-map, and instantly had my answer. Of course, back in my undergrad days the next step would be actually creating the logic using NAND gates, which I admit I haven't touched for almost 20 years. Do they still teach Karnaugh maps? If they don't, they should; and if they do, listen and learn well.

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