Soon-to-be Classic Quotes
- adrianh's clever remarks about the condition of some poor saps without a "...tight grip on the clue stick..."
- merlyn says: "...capture the regularities with code, and the irregularites with data..."
Perl-ish insights I've had
- This reply on the topic of Prgramming(!) vs. Coding.
I would still be interested to see how music has affected other people's programming. After all, I was a musician* before I was a programmer...
- A reply I made to the "remedial map" thread.
My insight into map, shallow as it is, became obvious to me as I pondered the following bit of Smalltalk code:
It got even better when I equated map with this:| aCollection aNumber | aNumber := 0. aCollection := #('one' 'two' 'three'). aCollection do: [ :element | aNumber := aNumber + 1. ] Transcript cr; show: 'There are ', aNumber asInteger, ' of strings in your collec +tion of strings.'.
Smalltalk is still a neat, powerful language (as is Perl).| aCollection anotherCollection | aCollection := #('one' 'two' 'three'). anotherCollection := aCollection collect: [ :element | element ].
- This is my favorite. It was about the time that I was able to formulate a question like this that I began to grok Perl. Well, began to begin to grok Perl. References were the first big leap for me...
Music is great
What else can I say about this? Only that performing is more enjoyable that listening. Here are the instruments I play, in decreasing order of skill:
- string bass
At one job I had, one of the survey questions (How well do you like working at this place? Are you satisfied with working conditions? management? coworkers? etc.) was whether or not I felt all my "career goals" could be met working with this company. No way! (unless they're going to start a house orchestra or band sometime soon...)
Computer languages I know something about
...but not necessarily a lot about; I'm still learning.
- Applesoft basic -- my first and only!
- Logo -- well, maybe the turtle was the first...
- Fortran-- of which I forgot everything I ever learned.
- Forth -- I bet you haven't heard of it; too bad for you.
- C++ -- college days.
- Java --
more college daysusing at the new job.
- VB -- (h)ack!
- C -- at the end of the college days; kind of backwards, don't you think? (the order I learned them, that is)
- Perl -- picked up a little in college; now I know a bit more...
- Smalltalk -- one of the things I get paid to do (but see below).
- ASP/VBScript/more VB -- I know, but I gotta' pay the
rentmortgage. (well, as of June 6, see "Java" above)
- Lotus Notes programming/design ("design" is in there because most of what you do in Notes is not coding)
Of course, I should also throw in a bit of shell programming as well...how could you use Linux without it?
Still important enough to leave in here
(Which came first: parentheses or parenthetical remarks?)
Well, as of today (10/14/2003) I have assumed new powers. (I'm only recording that fact so I can find the node describing those powers again after I've forgotten what they are.)