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on Jan 03, 2001 at 04:59 UTC ( #49433=user: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


Soon-to-be Classic Quotes

  • adrianh's clever remarks about the condition of some poor saps without a "...tight grip on the clue stick..."
  • merlyn says: "...capture the regularities with code, and the irregularites with data..."

Perl-ish insights I've had

  • This reply on the topic of Prgramming(!) vs. Coding.
    I would still be interested to see how music has affected other people's programming. After all, I was a musician* before I was a programmer...
  • A reply I made to the "remedial map" thread.
    My insight into map, shallow as it is, became obvious to me as I pondered the following bit of Smalltalk code:
    | aCollection aNumber | aNumber := 0. aCollection := #('one' 'two' 'three'). aCollection do: [ :element | aNumber := aNumber + 1. ] Trans‎crip‎t cr; show: 'There are ', aNumber asInteger, ' of strings in your collec +tion of strings.'.
    It got even better when I equated map with this:
    | aCollection anotherCollection | aCollection := #('one' 'two' 'three'). anotherCollection := aCollection collect: [ :element | element ].
    Smalltalk is still a neat, powerful language (as is Perl).
  • This is my favorite. It was about the time that I was able to formulate a question like this that I began to grok Perl. Well, began to begin to grok Perl. References were the first big leap for me...

Music is great

What else can I say about this? Only that performing is more enjoyable that listening. Here are the instruments I play, in decreasing order of skill:

  1. string bass
  2. piano
  3. guitar

At one job I had, one of the survey questions (How well do you like working at this place? Are you satisfied with working conditions? management? coworkers? etc.) was whether or not I felt all my "career goals" could be met working with this company. No way! (unless they're going to start a house orchestra or band sometime soon...)

Computer languages I know something about

...but not necessarily a lot about; I'm still learning.

  1. Applesoft basic -- my first and only!
  2. Logo -- well, maybe the turtle was the first...
  3. Fortran-- of which I forgot everything I ever learned.
  4. Forth -- I bet you haven't heard of it; too bad for you.
  5. C++ -- college days.
  6. Java -- more college days using at the new job.
  7. VB -- (h)ack!
  8. C -- at the end of the college days; kind of backwards, don't you think? (the order I learned them, that is)
  9. SQL
  10. Perl -- picked up a little in college; now I know a bit more...
  11. Smalltalk -- one of the things I get paid to do (but see below).
  12. JavaS‎crip‎t -- this is the most recent addition to my collection; I'm amazed at how Perlish it can be at times (but if I read the docs right, that's what the creators of the language intented), which lets me get some things done when I'm stuck at work without Perl
  13. ASP/VBS‎crip‎t/more VB -- I know, but I gotta' pay the rent mortgage. (well, as of June 6, see "Java" above)
  14. Lotus Notes programming/design ("design" is in there because most of what you do in Notes is not coding)
  15. C#
  16. PHP

Of course, I should also throw in a bit of shell programming as could you use Linux without it?

Still important enough to leave in here

Learn to spell!

(Which came first: parentheses or parenthetical remarks?)

Well, as of today (10/14/2003) I have assumed new powers. (I'm only recording that fact so I can find the node describing those powers again after I've forgotten what they are.)

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[Corion]: Hehe - $work is a place where we have lots of (money) accounts, and lots of journals where every transaction is recorded. But our HR system where the accounts of hours worked and vacation days taken are stored, there is no real account of who changed ...
[Corion]: ... that balance, and when. And it seems to me that they somehow really messed up the database since the start of the year and have been frantically adding and subtracting numbers from the totals, but without trace ;)

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