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Forgetting a whole language — 8 Comments

  1. Mate if you can still cut code after a few years gap don't worry. Even better if you can still write a useful prog in 30 lines or so really don't worry.

    I spent 35 years in the industry and most people either couldn't make 30 lines of code work or came up with 300 to do the same that still required an old hand to debug.

  2. Yup, happened to me recently as well. Something to do with the computer which had something to do with something online. I had done this something so many times before that I never bothered thinking about it. Then a solution finally presented itself. I applied it and all was well. Fast forward two years (early this year) and the same something reared it's ugly head again (due to an update of course, I remember that) and I went to apply the solution…

    …and I couldn't seem to recall what I did before. Nothing but mush up above. And did I write it down? Probably, but I couldn't remember where. A fix that usually took about 5 minutes ended up taking the better part of an hour as I searched frantically around my notes and online for that same something I didn't even have to think about in the past.

    The trouble is, months later, I can no longer seem to remember what that something was in the first place never mind the solution to fix it. Plus, I can't recall whether I wrote it down or not. I'm not happy about this.

    I blame masks. Breathing my own breath has fried my brain.

    • Aha!  That was one of the main reasons I started "A Pipe and a Keyboard".  It was jut an online repository for all the little problems [and solutions] I had come across for my own reference.  Of course it helped others too which was just an added bonus.  It's a bit obsolete now as most of the Linux problems have resolved themselves in the latest releases.

  3. Apologies for being old-fashioned (computer-wise, that is), but wouldn’t it be easier just to highlight the whole lot shown on the library’s website and then just drop it into an Excel worksheet or similar?  Then, with just a bit of tweaking, editing and sorting of whichever columns you choose (author, subject, date or whatever), you can simply delete all the ones you don’t want.  You can then add new columns with whatever information you want (like how much you enjoyed that book, or how much you didn’t, or jog your memory with a couple of reminder words) and/or delete any information you don’t (like the publisher, ISBN number etc).  Or is that just nowhere near technical enough for all you IT wizards …. 

    • It did cross my mind but there was one simple problem – it was a plain text file which would just dump itself into a single cell.  The logic of the programme was simple [just identifying the leading text in a record and outputting the remainder of the line to a new file]. The problem purely lay with trying to remember how the various inbuilt functions worked.

      Of course I could have just edited the original file, but where's the fun in that?

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