It's difficult for me to get out of the habit of using
whatever tool I've been working with at the moment to solve
any problem that comes up. (Usually, that means C and
Perl.) When I can break out of that rut, though, very good
For instance, a while ago I was handed a fairly nasty
data munging problem (I can't recall the specifics, so this
story may sound pretty vague; my apologies). Naturally, I
first attacked it with Perl. It wasn't responding well to
the attempts I made at solving it, and I was getting pretty
frustrated. In a fit of right-brained brilliance, I
realized that, if I only had the data in a DB, it would
take but one line of SQL to solve the problem. Five
minutes later, I was done.
This is one major advantage to having a reasonably broad
knowledge of the field: other solutions are constantly
bubbling and percolating just behind your subconscious.
Sometimes, they escape; sometimes, they're better than what
you've been hacking on for the last hour.
The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!
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