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Re: Is it just me...?

by chromatic (Archbishop)
on Jun 14, 2001 at 21:17 UTC ( #88512=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to How do I become a good programmer?

Is it possible to be a good programmer without being able to instantly devise the most efficient algorithms on the spot?

The nice thing about software is that, unlike traditional hardware, you can correct a mistake in seconds. (The same goes for interpreted versus compiled languages.)

When you're facing a problem, break it into tasks. Tackle the most important one first. Then do the second. As you're putting them together, look for how you can improve things. Get rid of duplicate code. Move things into functions. Share what you can. Slough off the rough edges that stick out.

Cultivate those habits, get some practical experience of how you can improve things, and continue to read up on your theory. That's a great way to improve.

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[zentara]: marto arn't those NSA secrets? :-)
[marto]: not if you keep telling people :P
[zentara]: I had to disable hyperthreading on my machine because of that.
[Discipulus]: thanks marto but... at the moment this seems a bit beyond my faculties.. ;=)
[zentara]: a thread goes into a wait state after emitting a wait to all other threads. It locks up a machine completely.
[marto]: if you mean the recent hyperthreading bug, I don't think that's NSA related?
[zentara]: s/thread/cpu/
[marto]: xkcd://538
[Discipulus]: these opcodes mentioned in the wiki pages are the same opcode perl is translated into? or is just the same term but in different fields?

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