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comment increasing productivity - mastering a language vs. selecting efficient tools
Thanks for the insightful perspective. In terms of exposure, I'm sort of past the point of exposure-to-basic-ideas/usage - the question at this point is how to best invest my time/effort now beyond that "exposure" level of familiarity. My feeling is there is more depth to discover in C++ - getting comfortable with STL/Boost and sharpening a coherent coding style, so in part, that's part of the knowledge I'm pursuing by forcing myself to use it all the time.
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Maybe I didn't quite use the right tone. I actually do enjoy using C++ (especially vs. Perl :) and find it stimulating so that is part of it.
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comment increasing productivity - mastering a language vs. selecting efficient tools
there are limits to this practice of course. At the moment many of the programs I write are data analysis pipelines that are at least feasible in any language, but perhaps easier/quicker if I use perl/python. I can still do them in C++ within a reasonable amount of time, but in the short-term it does take more time. The question is if it's worth it in the long-term in terms of both skills, productivity (and possibly career opportunities...)
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