[Coco] How do you program?
gene.heskett at verizon.net
Fri Dec 9 16:43:40 EST 2005
On Friday 09 December 2005 16:04, Jim Cox wrote:
>OK, here's another philisophical question for the group.
>How do you program? Assuming you know the programming
>langauge you are working with, do you just sit down at the
>computer and bang at the keys like a chimp, or do you
>think about what it is you want to do and what you what
>you need to do it?
I usually try to set myself an outline of what I want to do, sometimes
just mentally, but more often scribbled on paper and subject to my
whims for accuracy.
>If your answer is the latter, what steps do you take,
>meaning what is your thought process. If it's the former,
>how often is your efforts successful the first time out?
Set it up as a flow chart, putting the individ>ual functions into boxes
that flow naturally from one to the next, or branch according to
As for success, generally speaking everything worked or people didn't
see it. I got very picky about error handling in later years.
Version increments released were usually for new features added. The
only bug I let get away from me was while working on rbf.mn, and I'm
not sure I've lived that one down yet! I thought it was a cute
feature at the time, but there simply wasn't a good way to add that
feature in the long view.
>I'm finding that learning how to think like a coder is
>harder than just learning the syntax and functions.
That was much of my downfall, and still is to a large extent. I find
I'm a lot more productive when improving someone elses program that
was well laid out at the start, but sometimes poorly coded. Their
initial orgnization, if good, is a tremendous help to me.
The best effort I did was probably vfy, and I had a couple of screen
shots that helped me to organize it in a meaningfull pattern and
prevented me from "getting lost in the forest".
>PS: Still would like to get opinions about how to proceed
>with my career and moving to an engineering tech job.
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