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Jun. 28th, 2005 @ 08:42 am subtle'd
Hi, my name is Mort, and I very well might be a cargo cultist. *sigh* The career doubt's hitting hard again. As much as I enjoy coding, I hate math, I hate solving problems, and one of the biggest satisfactions I get from programming is finally getting something to work. Those three things alone are enough to elicit sneering condescension from fellow CS wizards, who seem to believe that the single most exciting thing in the world is a math equation that cannot be solved.

Fellow writers, take heed: The discussion on cargo cultism applies to genre writing as well.

Out of anger and frustration over my job (goodness, when am I ever going to have time to explain this) I have brought my copy of Bjarne Stroustrup's The C++ Programming Language to work and have been studying it while waiting for progress bars to finish. I would bring more interesting reading material, like my copy of Ahab's Wife by Sena Naslund, but a programming book is far less conspicuous and my C++ is weak. Work be damned; I came here to learn computery stuff and I am going to learn computery stuff, no matter how hard they try to help me.

Little known fact: For all his legendary dryness and passive-aggressiveness, Stroustrup actually does have a sense of humor. It's just really subtle, so subtle that it's easy to miss. And dry.

"The language is not called D, because it is an extension of C, and it does not attempt to remedy problems by removing features. For yet another interpretation of the name C++, see the appendix of [Orwell, 1949]."

Double-plus-unfunny, Stroustrup.

Of interest to fellow novice coderfolk: Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years. A wonderful essay on programming education philosophy. Brings back unfond memories of "Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days," my first C++ book, which was really more like "Teach Yourself to Be a Precocious Script Kiddie in Nine Seconds". Considering how many snobgeeks I knew back in fifth grade, the book must have been immensely popular. ("maybee you just stupid or sumthing i learnd c, fortran, and windows in 1hr :) :) i make your computer blow up if u not carrful :)"). Laypersons, a word of warning: Geeks under the age of fifteen never know as much about computers as they claim.
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