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Re: Magic

by suaveant (Parson)
on Oct 12, 2001 at 19:08 UTC ( #118494=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to What does it mean for a Perl feature to be Magic?

I believe Arthur C. Clarke said it best...
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is virtually indistinguishable from magic."
Basically perl is so great at doing some things, that one would almost think that it does things magically, when really just a LOT of thought and effort has gone into its design behind the scenes...

Automagically is really just a cute term for automatically, but again a lot of things are often done behind the scenes that, if you don't understand them, can seem quite magical :)

That's about the size of it...

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(Guildenstern) Re: Re: Magic
by Guildenstern (Deacon) on Oct 12, 2001 at 19:15 UTC
    Or, as Heinlein said: "One manís magic is another man's engineering."

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[stevieb]: well, what happens is the Arduino 'listens' for requests r/w, and does the appropriate thing when it's interrupted based on the 'register' address sent in. It's ugly as it was my first attempt, but I've got great new ideas I'm just sitting.
[stevieb]: ...down to implement now. Here's the sketch as it currently sits
[shmem]: well I use I2C and SPI and stuff, but creating a pseudo chip looks to me like lot of indirection and memory clutter... not?
[choroba]: Are you going to use the device soon? Related to your comment about "not having much time to do a lot of coding"...
[stevieb]: sure, but I'm just learning ;) I consider it practice to get a good understanding of what goes on *after* an I2C/SPI request is made
[shmem]: ah ok. Gonna read that. but now....
shmem compiles himself into his template
[stevieb]: this is my RPi:: distribution overall automation build system physical layout. It doesn't encompass all of my RPi dists yet, ...
[stevieb]: ...but I'm getting close. I've been soldering my own PCBs to gain that experience as well, before I have my own manufactured.
[stevieb]: heh, nice *template* ;) 'night shmem!

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