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    The good ol' days - it was the bane of my college existence back in the day - the reason it took me more than the std. 4 years to complete my degree.

    But it was so fun - I loved coding levels - I put a lot of sweat into one mud called PyroMUD, where I was also an admin. Then it completely disappeared in a server crash.

    I wish they had PerlMUD back then ... that would be fun to develop/code against!


    • Now now, Purdy, Pyromud never disappeared. We just started using invisible code. Actually, it exists on a little gold CD that I rarely think about, and I have a bunch of college students (formerly 14 and 15 year olds from New Mexico [Kyp, Fishperson, Quasar, etc]) constantly emailing me, asking me to put it on a server somewhere so they can waste THEIR college years reviving the project. Poor kiddies. Maybe one day I'll get around to sending it to them and ruining their lives :P --Jason [aka Nightmare/
  • For what it's worth, I recommend refactoring.

    Throwing away something that mostly works is a good way to get to write all of the easy stuff and all of the fixed bugs all over again, while making new mistakes.

    Think of it like revising an article or a book chapter. Unless Pudge comes down on you super hard, you're better off rephrasing things, moving paragraphs around, and adding more jokey footnotes than scrapping everything and starting over.

    (Of course, if Pudge does say "That's completely wrong. You

    • I was rooting through the code earlier today in my discrete math class and I came to a similar conclusion: "Most of this works. I just need to fix some of the way I'm building my data structures and then add new stuff." This clinches it for me.

      It always feels better when I decide what I'm doing so I can get to the doing of it. :)


      You are what you think.