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Re^3: Database project in PERL

by Herkum (Parson)
on Jan 14, 2012 at 00:22 UTC ( #947852=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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People do their best work when they are working on something that they are interested in. Are you interested in something? Something that you can do with a computer?

To give you an idea of what I am talking about, look at BrickLink, for trading Legos. There are a ton of pieces and are cataloged by dozens of colors and they breakdown kits but the number and type of pieces in each kit. It is tedious and we are not talking about a lot of money either. This web site was written simply because the guy loved working with Legos and saw a problem he could solve.

Looking at it, I could do a much better job than he did (of course he built it 10 years ago). On the other-hand, I would have never completed it because it was something I was not interested in.

A computer is a tool, not an end to itself and you need to find that something that you want to spend your time with. To use that tool to make something, even when it is frustrating, because you will get it done.

If you cannot find that thing that interests you, I would stop pursuing a graduate degree right now.

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[Corion]: Maybe I can still find something that is compatible with handlebars.js (which has JS precompilation) but allows for two-way data binding (which is great for the UI)
[Corion]: Two-way data binding means that if you change something in a text box, the corresponding variable in your Javascript gets updated immediately as well, and if you then change the variable, the corresponding text box also gets updated
[Corion]: That is a horrible approach that was also taken by Access, but if you have hooks that prevent automatic saving to the database, it is incredibly handy

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