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Re: Re: On Hubris

by kappa (Chaplain)
on Apr 19, 2002 at 08:06 UTC ( #160455=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: On Hubris
in thread On Hubris

Hm, and how do you know if you need this or, say, that particular thing to complete your task or not?

I usually see a lot of really bad PHP code which as a rule accomplishes a task to some degree. The thing that strikes me is this: how the hell hard it could be when you just don't know what a regexp is? (And the majority of PHP coders are unlikely to know.) Nobody here will argue that regexps are, mildly saying, useful, but, as the experience shows, optional.

I know people out there writing translators from scratch because they don't know what flex and yacc are and I even know people using perl4 features as described in their aged book! Examples are numerous and the conclusion is that you should probably study hard the things you really need, but please please at least explore as many things as you can just not to miss an opportunity.


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Re: Re: Re: On Hubris
by Fletch (Chancellor) on Apr 19, 2002 at 14:47 UTC

    You mean I don't have to spend three days punching tape for my Turing machine? Wow, thanks.

Re: Re: Re: On Hubris
by cjf (Parson) on Apr 19, 2002 at 14:58 UTC
    Hm, and how do you know if you need this or, say, that particular thing to complete your task or not?

    This does require you have a basic understanding of the language you're dealing with. Using Perl as an example, one should have at least read through Programming Perl or something similar to get a feel for the language and the tools it provides. Staying current on advancements is also important and is what makes The Monastery such a great place :).

    but please please at least explore as many things as you can just not to miss an opportunity.

    I agree. Don't waste your time learning certain features in excessive detail when you could be gaining a greater understanding of programming in general, or learning how other languages compare to your current favorite.

Re: Re: Re: On Hubris
by clintp (Curate) on Apr 19, 2002 at 21:40 UTC
    Hm, and how do you know if you need this or, say, that particular thing to complete your task or not?
    Because, perhaps, he's already completed the task. TIMTOWDI, HTH HAND.

      I think that we should coin a new acronym, since you and I tend to use the same three acronyms over and over at the end of our messages:

      THH

      <T>IMTOWDI <H>TH <H>AND

      -Dan

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