Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years
mark at maseurope.net
Fri Nov 25 17:24:53 CST 2005
Maybe one of the most interesting things about Rev/MC is the way that
it can be seen as both a useful application in its own right , and a
I jumped on Hypercard as soon as I got my first Mac (1990, a Mac
Classic), and a great deal of what I did with it (and still do with
Rev) was what other people might have done with spreadsheets and
single-user databases etc.
For instance, I've always rolled my own accounts stacks that work the
way that I think of my business (such as it is), no double-entry
stuff which I still don't understand, just money in, money out, print
an invoice, keep track of what I spend etc. and at any time I can get
a picture of where I stand in a form that makes sense to me. (As a
self-employed musician, I pay an accountant to do the real accounts
and tax returns etc).
It seems to me that anyone who can get reasonably complicated
spreadsheets together is capable of using Rev to do useful work.
Along the way, I've developed a great enthusiasm for computer
programming, and have learnt quite a lot of stuff about a wide
variety of subjects through finding little programming projects.
Currently investigating gambling strategies (as a self-employed
musician, it'd be nice to find something steady <g>)
But I certainly can't deny that it's taken me 10+ years to get to
the point where I'm making relatively complicated apps that actually
work. And even then, they're not close to being shippable, sellable
commercial software, but then that's never been my aim.
On 25 Nov 2005, at 22:13, Todd Higgins wrote:
> During this turkey inspired holiday I have decided to reinvest
> myself and my money in Revolution. I updated to 2.61 of the IDE
> and picked up some Valentina licenses to boot! (Though I'm a
> little bummed that it's not Valentina 2.0 - the documentation and
> examples are much easier to grok)
> As I was surfing the web for programming inspiration I found an
> article that has helped me put my learning curve in perspective,
> and I thought I would share it with the list.
> With no formal programming experience and no Hypercard background
> its been slow going for me. As a technologist I am very comfortable
> using computers, I can make servers bend to my will for most
> functions, but when it comes to creating something from nothing I
> am stifled. I feel like I cannot get off the ground floor with
> anything - Applescript, PERL, bash, Revolution, and I think the
> reason is because I'm rushing it.
> Real expertise takes time, even if your chosen programming
> environment promises to save 90% of it : )
> Todd Higgins
> higginsta at mac.com
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