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"Talk with other programmers; read other programs. This is more important than any book or training course." Quite right. But for all the resources available, it's impossible to find a good program to read. A class here. A function there. All interesting. But nothing with a clearly stated problem to be solved much less the solution provided that was good. Programmers are a secretive lot, by nature. They/we write in code, just for starters. For finishers there's not much to be found. Problems solved by code are rare if they exist. And what's the measure of a successful solution? Was it what was good today? Was it answering the question as asked (rather than the question meant)? Was it what got the money, whether it was good or not? Was it the solution that solved the long-term problem the programmer-analyst solved that no-one else knew, nor cared about. Friends are calling. I'm running on 8,700 hours towards hitting the mark. Should I answer? I did not. But so what? Shortcuts to finesse the details; who wants to pay for that? They stand more to gain by proving how hard it is. They don't know what it's good for. Better, in a world with 7 billion people, everything falls apart.
Toggle Commented May 16, 2012 on Please Don't Learn to Code at Coding Horror