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Re: Programming is combat

by EvdB (Deacon)
on Jul 08, 2004 at 09:02 UTC ( #372710=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Programming is combat

I think there is a certain amount of milage in this. A couple of comments on some of your points:

Act, Don't think. This is like firing a tracer bullet. In code write something quickly which is cheap and brittle. If it does the job then expand on it, otherwise fire another tracer bullet. I must confess that my analogy makes me queasy, human life and all that.

Train as you fight. I think this can be applied quite simply. For perl it could be written as 'obfu when your off-work'. For me getting to grips with map relied heavily on obfu-like challenges that would not crop up in normal coding. Now that I can use map I can see all the times when it can be used where before I would have used a foreach loop or similar.

Update: Train as you fight is (I think) meant to be 'Train in the same way you fight', not 'Train whilst you fight'. Bizarrely I seem to have missed both possible meanings with my comment above. Hmm, normal service will resume shortly...

--tidiness is the memory loss of environmental mnemonics

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Re^2: Programming is combat
by brian_d_foy (Abbot) on Jul 09, 2004 at 04:52 UTC
    Actually, "train as you fight" has both meanings, but I wasn't thinking about the second one. Rommel is famous for keeping the Afrika Corps busy with training when they weren't fighting, but a lot of units train up during breaks in combat.
    brian d foy <>

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