Written a lot more code by not reading Joel on Software
I guess I kind of read Joel on Software early in my career so maybe that was it but it seems like the 1.5 years that I have waned off of reading that garbage I have actually focused more on actually writing code.
I wonder if you get caught up on those developer forums you spend more time debating with them as opposed to actually trying and doing development.
I went back today and there are the same arguments.
Well, it makes more sense "maybe" if you don't have a job and are trying to stay focused on talking about SW (but it's still probably a huge net negative even then).
Where I am at, these boards have played themselves out for the most part. Boards like JOS and COT could be much more useful if people followed subjective courses of action - Sharkfish is a prime example of following a subjective road (learning assembly and reverse-engineering for no specifically pertinent reason).
Message boards are tiresome when it gets all objective, people pointing out that the sky is blue all the time. Well, there is no point since anyone with two eyes and isn't color-blind already knows the sky is blue.
Here's an example. I always thought Gnome and GTK+ was an interesting project. Typical conversation: Nothing will beat Windows, man! KDE is polished, GTK+ sucks! Well, what's the point of stating what could have then been considered obvious. Java is slow! What, and if you hadn't pointed that out to me, I would have been disserved in what way? Discovery and improvement, that's what it's all about, right? No, it's about what rulez now, man! Just open yer wallet or jump off some fools freebie open-source sw that already rocks.
Hmm, so it seems to be a matter of "good" forums. For example, the comments are typical and normally the people who know nothing about those technologies say those things.
The only technology forum I visit now is programming.reddit and only may read 1 or 2 of those articles in a day. Normally about erlang or django.
If bluebeard starts a Forex forum, might read that.
But, the typical technology forum today just gets destroyed by trolls. A shame really.
There you go, all it takes is a goal, and some energy, and not stopping to take everything on a message board personally. It really doesn't matter if the language is good or not, as long as you understand the reason you are using it, technology that is, pushing the routinized envelope just a bit, then that's fine.
I think the main thing about message boards is that people are looking to escape the boredom, so you could pick any direction for a goal. Either way, when it comes to programming, and you probably know from looking at the Sourceforge help wanted ads, that everyone is into their own thing, especially if they started out the project. I think working for a real employer is even more exciting than working with others on an open-source or school project - there's more genuine interest in what _you_ are doing, progressing, at a job, for me anyway. A job is like a big, successful project. :-)
Daddy's House is not a coding forum. It's an "about coding" forum.
July 19th, 2007 11:39am