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Re: [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book

by WhiteBird (Hermit)
on Nov 18, 2003 at 00:47 UTC ( #307874=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book

This is a throw-back to the 1980's, when I had to type in programs from computer magazines and books.

I remember those days. It can certainly be painful to have to type in a program or example before you can try it out. The only advantage I've ever found to the process is that by the time I'm done typing the program, I really have a better understanding of what the script is supposed to do. I'm a slow learner and the typing process somehow makes a connection between my fingers and my brain and I understand things better than when I just cut and paste. If I find I'm typing something that I don't understand, then I can go and look it up.

Now if I could just get a handle on those annoying typos....


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Re: Re: [OT] Complaints about Spidering Hacks book
by Wassercrats on Nov 18, 2003 at 04:07 UTC
    I've experienced the opposite, even when typing in code that I've written myself. I tend to become robotic and refer to the paper I'm copying from, even when I should know what comes next. I might have gotten that habit from "those annoying typos" that I remember setting me back for hours when I used to copy programs for my old Commodore 64. I eventually became careful enough to average only one or two typos per program. Then one day I decided to split the copying between me and two friends who had no experience with that level of accuracy, and there were so many typos that I have to type everything over again!

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