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Re: Value of "RE"-coding for the newbie

by hsmyers (Canon)
on Sep 02, 2002 at 16:15 UTC ( #194606=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Value of "RE"-coding for the newbie

One of your points, Learn proper indentation, raises a problem. What's proper? I'd suggest that you re-word that to just Lean indentation! Why the change? Well as you progress as a programmer, you'll notice that there are certain things that seem to provoke much outcry. Formatting code (the hows and such...) is almost as sensative as what editor to use or even what language to use. When asked, I usually recommend what I call the Zen solution. To shorten the overly long lecture, I point out that a possibly trite but still useful summary of Zen and the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel, is "To hit the target, let go of the arrow!" I often further condense that to just "Let go!" Point being that holding on to some things, gets in the way of other often more important things. In Yoda-ease, Proper, important is not, indentation is.


"Never try to teach a pig to wastes your time and it annoys the pig."
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Re: Re: Value of "RE"-coding for the newbie
by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor) on Sep 04, 2002 at 20:50 UTC
    I think "proper" here means a set of requirements, not a specific set of rules.

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