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[REBOL] Re: Development rebol scripts on Linux

From: tim-johnsons:web at: 17-Nov-2007 15:45

On Saturday 17 November 2007, Alessandro Manotti wrote:
> 1) One makes a program to gain money or to enjoy itself? If you want to > gain money, you need to maximize the results and minimize the time to do > them: get the best results with the minimum effort, stress. If you make a > program to enjoy, then do everything you like, since everything satisfy > your mind and your soul is good in this case;
I work for the love of it and for the money. Both are equally important.
> 2) Does not exist a programming language to make everything: every > programming language best fits specific targets.
Right on. And paradigms be damned. Pragmatism trumps 'em all.
> I think it is not important which language you learn, or which tool you > use. A good programmer (analyst/programmer) needs a good method, a strong > preparation, a good brain to analyze and solve problems, a good approach to > the different kind of programming (procedural, object oriented, > functional), and...
I heard an interesting talk by one Carl S (yes that winemaker guy :-)) He described the human brain as a very slow but massively parallel computer. That makes a link to the experience that I have had, where solutions present themselves apparently spontaneously in my brain, but probably as a result of the "slow and massively parallel" phenomena. One of my pragmatisms is to put myself in situations *away* from the computer where I can let the parallelism work...
> On Nov 17, 2007 9:59 PM, Brian Tiffin <> wrote: > > Gentlemen; I don't understand. :) > > :) (emacs is ok and all, > > but > > I think Richard Stallman has eight fingers on each hand).
I don't use emacs because of Richard Stallman, but because of the elisp environment. In a sense, elisp has many of the same roots as rebol. RMS was in Alaska, gave some talks at the University, rubbed so many people the wrong way that there was talk about taking him out in the woods and leaving him for the bears.
> > Note: I'm old; (well past my Carousel date in Logan's world) ... you're > > mileage may vary.
Well, I'm 58 and have been coding for 20 years. I went back to college at the age of 38 to study computer science after working all my previous life with my hands. Most of my fellow students were 15-20 years younger than me and I left a lot of them in the dust. Not because I was a fast learner, but because I had learned to handle failure and when I failed, I just picked myself up and tried again. Maybe I like emacs because I still *do* work with my hands. :-) BTW: I use vim for all of my adhoc editing and system work. As the default editor for MC. MTCW tim