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Thursday February 28, 2002
01:17 PM

Progression as a programmer

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Isn't it funny how you progress as a programmer? I often look at code I wrote a year ago, or even six months ago, and say to myself, "What was I thinking here?" or, "Why didn't I do it *this* way?". I guess that's a good thing - it means I'm getting better as I go (I hope).

Today I learned how to dup a filehandle (specifically STDOUT, STDIN, STDERR). Laugh all you want, I just never needed or wanted to do it until now. I mean, I've open'ed up STDOUT to /dev/null plenty of times, but today I finally got fed up with debug output going to the log file instead of the screen and decided to do something about it. Worked like a charm. Easy, too. I suspect there are lots of *easy* things that I've just never had the need or desire to test or try.

Last night I woke up again in the middle of the night and decided to kill some time by reading a bit of "C++ Primer Plus", published by The Waite Groupe. Now, it's been a long time since I looked at C++, but as I read over it I realized a few things:

  • Without ever really writing a true C++ program, I could still follow the code easily.
  • I don't like C++ syntax
  • I don't know that I could ever go back to a strongly typed language unless my livelihood absolutely depended on it.
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  • I get the same feeling. It's an ugly thing in a way, looking at something you were (possibly) proud of such a short time ago and thinking of how hideous it is.

    In another way, of course, it's a good sign. Means you're picking up on things naturally that you hadn't noticed before.

    As for the typing thing...it bothers me that German has gender-specific pronouns. Does it bother me so much I can't understand German? Nope. Am I still going to learn it, even though it feels vastly inferior to English? Sur

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