How does a newbie get past the feeling thay he is trying to
understand an elephant whilst looking through a keyhole?
stephen.l.davies at gmail.com
Sun Apr 30 15:53:06 UTC 2006
Thanks for all the various responses. Don't worry, I know what IRC is...
Stef - I didn't know about your videos, which are great - I watched
all of them I think, and definitely learned some things in the
process. Also came across and downloaded the Squeak CD which has some
books that I will read - "Smalltalk with Style" caught my eye for one.
Laurence - thanks for your practical suggestions, I will look at
Americo's tutorials too.
And Edgar - yes, a specific goal will definitely add needed focus. I
have an idea for a project, so lets see.
I was thinking a bit more as to why I feel at sea. In the traditional
scene of static programs - lets say I'm looking at program.tcl, or
program.mod, program.pas, program.rb etc etc - In a language that I'm
not familiar with. I know what the program is supposed to do,
Comments in the code or my common sense and general experience of
programming will give me a framework in which I can see what's going
on. The "domain space" is smaller, and the "solution space" is maybe
a few thousand lines of source code.
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