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•Re: Stupid Emotional Programmer Attachment, anyone?

by merlyn (Sage)
on Oct 31, 2003 at 23:54 UTC ( #303741=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Stupid Emotional Programmer Attachment, anyone?

I've been writing code for over three decades.

I've discovered that there is a "time factor" for all of my code: the time between when I write it, and when I become disgusted with it. Sometimes it's mere minutes, sometimes it's years. But it always hits eventually.

So, while I can point to some very clever code I've written, I'm pretty sure that it's just too early in the sliding time window for me to be disgusted with it instead. Caveat Programmer. {grin}

-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
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Re: •Re: Stupid Emotional Programmer Attachment, anyone?
by jdtoronto (Prior) on Nov 03, 2003 at 20:55 UTC
    Hey Merlyn, I'm with you.

    Over 30 years of coding has taught me that no mater how much I thought I knew at any given pojnt in my existence, I can pretty soon prove it wasn't much!

    In fact I find it very difficult to revisit code. Usually because I will see so manythings that I would do differently now. Especially with Perl as the size of the toolbox gets bigger and bigger by the week! I have done some things that I am instantly proud of, especially when they get accolades from the client. But self-disenchantment soon sets in and eventually I will only look at it if I am paid to or badgered sufficiently that looking is the only way to peace.


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