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Turnsole is an Android developer, a graduate in CS and in Computational Linguistics, and a mostly-ex-web-developer who is learning Rails for funsies. Things Turnsole likes include whiskey sours and writing API documentation that covertly references episodes of The IT Crowd.


May
24
comment Learning to program on punchcards
Inspired by the image recognition idea, I went looking around for a punchcard emulator. Didn't find one. But this could be a fun OCR project. :)
Jul
6
comment Is learning technology by reading books obsolete?
Trying to predict what'll come next and read up on it first would be like sweeping the tide back with a broom. I like to be aware of what new technologies, relevant to my interests, are emerging, but that kind of stuff is old news by the time it hits paper.
Jul
6
comment Is learning technology by reading books obsolete?
My apologies if I'm being unnecessarily defensive, but I still think you're confusing "I don't like using paper books for information on this subject" with "I don't like to read". My jobs are pretty focused, I need to be fluent in about six languages and competent enough to hack it in whatever else comes up, but there's too much new stuff that comes and goes to even collect books on all of them even if there was up-to-date material published, much less read them and digest them.
Jul
6
comment Is learning technology by reading books obsolete?
There's no call to be insulting. I never said I didn't read, simply that paper books about programming specifically aren't the best medium for me unless the language is so new I want a guided introduction to it. You're extrapolating an awful lot from that. Paper isn't the only way people share knowledge, y'know.
Jul
5
comment Is learning technology by reading books obsolete?
You can't search for something you don't know to look for. :P It's not like I'm blind to information I'm not looking for, it's that I don't go read a book when I just want to know the most efficient string replacement methods, for example. I'll get that, and most of what I want to know about technical details, from the online docs as needed. There's no point in reading a chapter about something you're not going to do for several months, you'll forget the details by the time you want it. (Or at least, I will.)
May
25
comment How to manage a developer with good knowledge of programming language but very poor analytical skills
How long has this guy been at the job? It's entirely possible the kid is overwhelmed from being in a new environment and the creative centers of his brain have turned off. Some people need time to settle in... though this may not be the kind of person you want at your "fast growing" company.