[FoRK] Advice From An Old Programmer

Stephen Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Jun 21 11:28:06 PDT 2011


On 6/21/11 9:33 AM, Gregory Alan Bolcer wrote:
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> On 6/21/2011 12:11 AM, Stephen Williams wrote:
>> Nice. Is that an apology to readers?
>
> Oh?  You don't know the context of the quote?  It's Internet lore.  Get thee to a library!  (Or a search engine as the case 
> may be...that's the easy part).  :-)

A) I thought I had read it before and B) Given the referencee and forum, I guessed it must have been in or about Mr. Rainbow's 
(Roy.gbiv) dissertation but C) didn't trust my memory enough to use that link and D) the quote stands alone so it doesn't need 
authority to enjoy.

I like his reference to Connections.  Those were awesome.

http://roy.gbiv.com/untangled/2008/specialization

I like this part:

> I am in a permanent state of not enough time. Fortunately, there are more than enough people who are specialist enough to 
> understand what I have written (even when they disagree with it) and care enough about the subject to explain it to others in 
> more concrete terms, provide consulting if you really need it, or just hang out and metablog. That’s a good thing, because it 
> helps refine my knowledge of the field as well.
>
> We are communicating really, really fast these days. Don’t pretend that you can keep up with this field while waiting for 
> others to explain it to you.
>

For some things that are important to me, I am just skipping the whole explaining / convincing cycle and just writing the code.  
Explaining the problem is easy, explaining the solution requires me to give a course in existing and new concepts that mostly 
require hands on usage to grok.  A working tool communicates better than any description.  If I can give it resources in my 
"permanent state of not enough time".

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> Greg
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>

sdw





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