Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Sep 2012 15:07 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
General Development "I've been programming professionally for about 3 years at this point, and I've noticed some interesting patterns in other programmers I've worked with. One of the key differentiators among programmers is motivation. I'm not referring to an individual's passion to simply be successful in their career, but rather the type of work they want to pursue. The thing they want to do with computers every day, the types of problems they are interested in solving."
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RE: Sad Truth
by feydun on Tue 25th Sep 2012 00:43 UTC in reply to "Sad Truth"
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I don't really use C++ but that seems a bit low-level - why assume 32-bit signed with a two's complement representation - or rounding errors from roots - when you could just multiply by -1 if <0 which would also work with doubles or (unexpected) unsigned and wouldn't tie you to a particular (albeit standard) low-level representation? Then when the program evolves some time later, with different developers, they don't have to chase obscure assumptions. I guess that doesn't apply here though else the code would just be an abs function :-)
I do know that the point you're making is totally true. I think it's because you can't learn programming by applying it to toy problems, no matter how much computer science you know. You have to go through the bitter experience of getting real projects to work.

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