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Re: Favorite Weapons

by webfiend (Vicar)
on May 30, 2002 at 20:26 UTC ( #170509=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Favorite Weapons

I have no idea if specialization leads to a form of weakness. Many of the programmers I've met have been highly specialized - not just in language, but in the type of problems they solve with that language. Within that specialization, they do things that are stunning, and possibly a little annoying (smug so-and-so's).

I'll probably never know, though. A short story from Robert Heinlein had a profound impact on me when I was growing up, especially a single line:

Specialization is for insects.

Every time I wonder "why should I learn tool/trick/thingy Y, when X already does the job nicely?", that line pops into my head. So here I am, stuck knowing nothing about everything. Maybe it's better than knowing everything about nothing, though.

"All you need is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure."-- Mark Twain

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Re^2: Favorite Weapons
by petemar1 (Pilgrim) on Mar 16, 2006 at 07:44 UTC

    "If we all reacted the same way, we'd be predictable, and there's always more than one way to view a situation. What's true for the group is also true for the individual. It's simple: Overspecialize, and you breed in weakness. It's slow death."


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