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Resolution Time is Nigh

by dws (Chancellor)
on Dec 04, 2003 at 16:45 UTC ( [id://312243]=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Fellow Monks, the yearly Monastery Ritual of reflecting on the past year and casting hopes, wishes and prayers into the next is but weeks away. Prepare yourselves, be that by ritual cleansing (including, but not limited to removing old stuff from /tmp), or fortification by strong, appropriate drink. Review now your resolutions of old, and seize whatever low-hanging fish are available to you to achieve those resolutions before the Great Celestial Engine renders up its yearly "Bing!"

Go now, and be at Peace. But be quick about it.

Update: Monks are reminded that "nigh" means "near", not "now", though bringing in your resolutions ahead of schedule would save time for holiday shopping.

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I hereby resolve
by grinder (Bishop) on Dec 04, 2003 at 22:25 UTC
    • to rearrange the way I write code to perform more unit testing,
    • to use revision control for everything, not just the important stuff,
    • to learn zsh, because people laugh at me when I tell them I use bash (... I think I resolved to do this last year, hmmmmm),
    • to not laugh at people who use emacs,
    • to download Parrot and play with it
    • to try and review some more CPAN modules (URL added to clarify bart's question),
    • and to upload to CPAN a number of modules I have lying around (some of them are even useful!).

    Season's greetings to you all.

      • to try and review some more CPAN modules,
      If by review you mean take a look at, not necessarily write reviews, then you can start now by checking out the Perl Advent Calendar. One pointer to an interesting module a day until Christmas, a nice, gentle introduction, and a cute real world example to boot. Highly recommended.
Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by Mr. Muskrat (Canon) on Dec 05, 2003 at 04:28 UTC

    I resolve to:

    • Use Linux more frequently at home.
    • Try at least two more Linux distributions.
    • Start using CVS at home.
    • Increase the amount of documentation for all of the code that I write as well ensure that it is easier to understand.
    • Um... Mr. Muskrat's eyes roll up into his head and his face scrunches up in an odd sort of way as he scratches his head. Remember what it was that I was going to put in this spot but forgot before I could type it up.

Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by Courage (Parson) on Dec 05, 2003 at 08:50 UTC
    • update Tcl::Tk more frequently
    • being nice

    Courage, the Cowardly Dog

Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by simon.proctor (Vicar) on Dec 05, 2003 at 10:33 UTC
    my 2p :)
    • Use Linux more at home
    • Be nicer to people
    Succeeded this year so going to work more on that for next year. However, my fall from grace at work seems set to continue:
    • Continue developing in .NET and move away from *Nix
    • Re-purpose a lot of my code in C# and HTAs
    However I think I can save myself with:
    • Relearn c/C++ and build some perl extensions
    • Finally build all those module ideas I have and release to CPAN.
Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by zakzebrowski (Curate) on Dec 05, 2003 at 13:31 UTC
    • Find a way to use public transportation to work
    • Get a module that I've been working on for 6 months or so to cpan
    • Be nicer to other drivers on the road.
    • Get a girl friend
    • Attend more perlmongers meetings
    • Loose some weight

Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Dec 07, 2003 at 10:02 UTC

    I resolve to never make a resolution.

    Err, wait..

    Makeshifts last the longest.

Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by bart (Canon) on Dec 06, 2003 at 09:43 UTC
    I realize I was starting to get bored with my life, and then it hit me. Instead of anxiuously searching for new grounds to venture, I first want to tie up the loose ends, and pick up the things which I have dropped over the years, because they were getting too big for me at the time, and this time, complete going through them. These include, not in a particular order:
Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by kutsu (Priest) on Dec 06, 2003 at 06:01 UTC

    Resolution I have every year

    • To grow in strength, knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and faith

    Specifics for this year

    • To learn Tk, and generally improve my perl skills
    • To improve my C++ and Java skills
    • To improve my knowledge and skill in both Western and Eastern Martial Arts
    • To remind grinder he needs to find a new hiding space

    "Pain is weakness leaving the body, I find myself in pain everyday" -me

Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by Steve_p (Priest) on Dec 08, 2003 at 14:58 UTC

    Below are are "techie" resolutions for the next year, in no particular order...

    • Finish those modules that have been hanging around for a while.
    • Make a meaningful effort to work on project management.
    • Use Linux more at home.
    • Visit #perlmonks more.
    • Study parrot more.
    • Get through Embedding and Extending Perl.
Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by RolandGunslinger (Curate) on Dec 10, 2003 at 14:09 UTC
    • Bible study
    • join a prayer group at church
    • contribute more at church
    • continue to develop my Perl skills
    • understand Linux kernel development/device drivers
    • continue to learn C
    • continue to read(23+books for 2003)
    • get a raise at work$$$
Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by shenme (Priest) on Dec 15, 2003 at 01:55 UTC
    • to find all those marked-up book pages and make submissions using the O'Reilly errata forms.
Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by mcogan1966 (Monk) on Dec 08, 2003 at 20:12 UTC
    Ah, yearly resolutions.

    I've kept my only resolution from many years ago...not to many any more New Year's Resolutions. Why? Because, IMO, it shouldn't take some celestial event to get me to re-evaluate myself. I try to make it a part of my daily life. I try to look at myself and ask, "what is good, what is not so good, and what needs changing." (Please no diaper jokes)

    Though, there are a few current things on my list:

    • Buy a house.
    • Find some formal training in Solaris Admin.
    • Control my temper more.
    That should be good enough for now. And a very happy holiday season to all of you whatever you celebrate.
Re: Resolution Time is Nigh
by johndageek (Hermit) on Dec 08, 2003 at 22:12 UTC
    As much as I love PERL, on the Great Celestial Engine scale, PERL doesn't eve register.

    Cherish the journey one has been set upon, the destination truly unknown. When something seems vastly important or overwhelming, know this, you will handle everything life throws at you in one way or another. Uncertainty is the basis of the balckest dispair as well as the basis for eternal hope.

    How can such a simple mind as mine resolve (promise) to do anything but take the next step in my journey, confident that it will be different from the last one, judging it (imperfectly), and if it was a bad step, change direction, if it was a good step, try another in the same direction learning as I go along.

    As my journey continues, it appears that the important bits are those where my path joins with that of another, each path altered, forever, by the time spent walking together. Life itself becomes less important than the journey taken during that life, for the journey of one life is finite, with a beginning and an end, but all of the other lives who's journey's were altered by joining, crossing, or parralleling yours, continue infinately in every direction.

    dws, you are right, I should resolve, and I do.

    Enjoy the journey, each moment treasured as though it will be the last, for it is the last time you will experience that moment without the filters of memory.


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