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Originally posted by huiying li:
I sent my first assignment last week to
nitpick@javaranch.com, so far I have not heard anything yet.


I just emailed you another copy of the response we sent you on
Date: Sunday, February 18, 2001 10:15 PM

 
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Originally posted by Mapraputa Is:
Ok, Johannes, then another words of wisdom from the same karate instructor:
"if somebody is going to hit you and you can run away - run away!"


Funny, my son has taken up karate recently, I remember his instructor saying something very similar. looks like they have som sort of karate bible with these pearls of wisdom
[This message has been edited by Johannes de Jong (edited February 25, 2001).]
 
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Originally posted by Thomas Paul:
OK, so let's pretend that programming is an art. So Van Gogh paints a very nice picture. Now Picasso has to make changes to it. What do you think it will look like after a round of enhancements by Jackson Pollack? How about crap? You see, the idea is that by creating a consistent style among developers we will be able to create more understandable and therefore maintainable code.


I think you got me wrong again Thomas.
I have never argued the need for a style guide, or suggested that the Range is is full of s..t to insist we use it.
Heck I'm busy writing PL/1 and Cobol parsers for a company that has NO rules for their programmers at all. I would have loved having a bunch of "nitpickers" here that controlled the code the programmers wrote, I would have slept a bit more a night and not tossed a turned trying to find a solution to a problem bad coding created for me.
What I meant with the artist part is purely that its something the programmer created and as such feels strongly about. I did not mean that the artist ie. programmer should have the same artistic freedom a van Goch or a Picasso had.
 
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Funny, my son has taken up karate recently, I remember his instructor saying something very similar.



Yeah, probably there are more karate instructors than pearls of wisdom, so they have to re-use...
 
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Originally posted by Paul Wheaton:
When I started into Java, I yearned for the sort of feedback that the cattle drive offers. I wanted to know about what things were industry standards vs. what things were stuff that authors made up. I also wanted to know details about better ways to do things. I even paid $2000 to attend a class involving graded homework only to have the homework returned with "90%" at the top. No other comments. Worthless.


I'm very gratefull for the feedback we get here. By providing this type of opportunity you create thinking programmers and not "dumb" coders as we saw around here at the company I work for, when the Y2K problem had to be solved.
Its a pity though that not a bigger % are finishing the drive.
Regarding Marilyn's comment that the Range does occassionally change you standard solution based on comments from students. I can only say, "its a real good teachers that is willing and prepared to learn from his/her students".

[This message has been edited by Johannes de Jong (edited February 27, 2001).]
 
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