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Re: I mainly write Perl at...

by gryphon (Abbot)
on Oct 21, 2002 at 18:37 UTC ( #206896=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to I mainly write Perl at...

Once I was on vacation at an island resort in the middle of nowhere. I wasn't even thinking about programming, but an idea for a chunk of code popped into my mind. I had to write it down for later testing, so I found a piece of light-colored driftwood and a twig with a burnt end (from a fire pit on the beach). I wrote code on the driftwood and carried it back to my room to later transcribe onto notebook paper. It wasn't until a couple weeks later that I actually put the code into a computer.

code('Perl') || die;

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Re: Re: I mainly write Perl at...
by mojotoad (Monsignor) on Oct 21, 2002 at 21:08 UTC
    Over the last year I found myself coding in the strangest of places; I was travelling without a PC and relying on net cafes whenever I could find them.

    So one time, similar to yours, I had an ahah experience about an abstraction layer for a spidering application -- I fleshed it out in my travel log while spending several days in a dirt floor home in a tribal village in Flores, Indonesia.

    Another time I had to patch and release one of my modules while waiting out a rainstorm on the coast of Vietnam from an excruciatingly slow net drop in a local net cafe. I already had to wait to find this cafe, because most of the cafes in Vietnam filter out the ssh protocol, but for some reason this one allowed it.

    Hmm, this would make a good root node -- where's the strangest place you've ever coded?


      Hmm, this would make a good root node

      where's the strangest place you've ever coded?
      In the bathtub with one of those portable little white boards.
        It is done. Please go there and elaborate on the whiteboard story!


      I had to laugh (and ++) ... I too have pages from my travel journals filled with diagrams and pseudocode that have popped into my head in unlikely places ... while curled up inside my tent on a rainy Alaska evening or doing things like taking an overnight bus ride to Istanbul ... but your dirt floor tribal home in Flores and sluggish net cafe in Vietnam remind me how much of the world I have yet to see. :-)

              $perlmonks{seattlejohn} = 'John Clyman';

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