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JAPH. (That's right -- I'm not Really Inexperienced any more.)

I'm not just here, I'm here [perlmonks.org], and here [javajunkies.org] too, I ramble randomly in my philosophical blog [blogspot.com] and my other blog [blogspot.com]. Soon I'll come in a convenient six-pack.

Journal of chaoticset (2105)

Tuesday August 13, 2002
08:35 AM

Today's Plan

[ #7068 ]
I came by the campus to check on the script issues and helped the same person find a squirrely little bit of the start_html syntax. Felt a little better about taking the money.

Regardless of how I feel, it seems that there's another person they know who might need similar help. It would pay more, but it's in a couple of weeks, so more on that as it develops.

The internship is looking more and more likely, which is a good thing; it's looking less and less Perl-related, which is an okay thing. (I've been worried lately that I'm specializing too much by doing nothing but Perl all the time, and that maybe I should get out and see some other programming languages. Python -- nobody hit me now -- but Python, from the little bits I've been seeing of it, has made me very curious. So has Ruby, but as I'm less likely to find a used Ruby book I want than a Python book, I'll probably stick to Python.) The internship looks like it'll be network-y, although I'll find out some specifics today around four.

I've been toying with writing the six-degrees thingie that finds links between pages. The biggest problem is that I'm going to have to put a cap on it, since there's no guarantee it'll find a route and there's no way to tell that no route exists. I haven't put together reliable estimates for a cap yet, but I'll probably use 100 while I'm just farting around with the code.

Once I get home, I'll just start coding, drinking coffee, and relax.

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  • by djberg96 (2603) on 2002.08.13 8:43 (#11691) Journal
    but Python, from the little bits I've been seeing of it, has made me very curious. So has Ruby, but as I'm less likely to find a used Ruby book I want than a Python book, I'll probably stick to Python.

    You can find used copies of "Programming Ruby" on Half.com and Amazon for about $15. I think you'll find Ruby a cleaner language in general, and it's certainly a greater departure from Perl than Python is. When I learned Python it felt like it was only slightly different than Perl, and both the syntax and indentation rules annoyed me.

    • You can find used copies of "Programming Ruby" on Half.com and Amazon for about $15.

      Even better: Before you spent money, you can read the whole book [pragmaticprogrammer.com] online, before you decide wether to buy or not.
      • Downloaded, along with the Win32 installer, thanks. :)
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      • Oops. I forgot to mention that. :(

        One nit I have with the online version, and a minor warning for you chaoticset, is that it will sometimes refer to page numbers. Unfortunately, there are no page numbers in the online version.

        That nit has come up in the mailing list recently, so maybe someone will hyperlink those references to the proper place in the book soon.