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Winter Break Wrapup. [Jan. 14th, 2005|01:35 pm]
Chaz Meyers
Before each break I make huge, elaborate lists of awesome things I will get done. Then, I proceed to do none of those things. This break is no exception. Here's a list of things I did do:
  • Pass all the classes I expected to pass.
  • Took a brief look at Python and VB.NET
  • Read way too many news stories/links.
  • Read enough of the IMAP RFC to know that it wouldn't be fun to implement.
  • Reunited with old friends over dinner, beer, Jared's Wheel of Fortune debut, and Mowie Mowie [sp?].
  • Encountered teh Bit-man, a lousy Russian, and the rare, elusive Jittermary.
  • Worked many a ridiculous half hour shift.
  • Debugged a fair amount of perl code which I had no hand in writing.
  • Had a great New Years Eve, culminating in a beautiful view of the fireworks from the roof of the Regency.
  • Rearranged the furnature in my closet room.
  • Lost three credit cards. They were not all mine.
  • Found drivers for my soundcard. When did Creative start sucking so much?
  • Fiddled with two OldWorld Macs. Only one of them doesn't power up. ;-) Speaking of which, Tosh! Does that guy have an Apple monitor? I'd love to get Linux on this thing so I can get it off of my floor and into a closet.
  • Got wickedly sick and passed my disease on to a horde of others.
  • Went to Longwood Gardens twice, and was only kicking and screaming the second time. ;-)
  • Your mom

I suppose that isn't too bad for a month or so. I should also add that I slept. A lot. Good lordy, I slept.
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-01-14 01:57 pm (UTC)
Referring to the whitespace requirement, or other oddness? I didn't look too closely, but the language actually felt pretty clean to use. (Although "string literal".method() does look pretty weird..)
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From: catch2002
2005-01-14 02:27 pm (UTC)
whitespace, the fact that it seems to want to be OOPish and scriptish at the same time...the ridiculous amounts of times you have to write something like

self.doSomething()

etc.
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[User Picture]From: cpm
2005-01-16 12:25 pm (UTC)
When I first saw it, the whitespace thing bugged me. Then I realized that I indent my code that way anyway. :) Probably the makers of Python had to debug one too many perl one-liners. ;-)

Is there a scripting language which isn't either OO-based or has some hooks for OO-ness nowadays? Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby, and ECMAScript (JavaScript/ActionScript) all support OO features.

I do agree about "self.doSomething()". The scope of a method should be the current instance. This is how C++ and Java does it, and I have no clue why everyone else doesn't copy them on this. I cannot fathom why scripting languages opted for a more cluttered syntax than Java. Come on. Java prides itself on making its coders type 10+ lines to make "Hello World" happen. :-P
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