What's your most controversial programming opinion?

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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

Posted 29 August 2013 - 05:48 AM

To be fair, I don't think the average lifeguard is all that passionate about life-guarding. This of course is excluding the ones who work places like Oahu's north shore...

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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:38 AM

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If you want to be a computer scientist, your choice of school does matter. Some schools are worse/better than other. (also 1 of my fears)

Of course, we should put for the record that the best choice of school is in fact the college of no college.

My most controversial opinion has to be that programming is shit in gamedev ->

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You are investing in temporary knowledge capital- you are 'expendable', you are not doing anything original in it. You're just doing so that things work.

Look at artists though. They can confidently say they 'made that iconic character that everyone loves'. When they do something, it generally cannot be used again. When you're a programmer, they can say "We don't need you anymore, we'll just reskin that physics game you made last time".

Then you have tools like Gamemaker, Unity, Torque... You're practically not needed!

Then you see people (artists) who make games themselves. Who draw cool shit. Who perfected their ability to draw things. Because as an artist, what you draw is instantly visible to the player. They then decide to program the game on their own. And they do it. They learn programming for one month, learn enough to at least make a little cool game. Yeah it's spaghetti code, but no ones going to notice that anyway!


It was quite relevant to me because I really did have two choices: I was a good draw, but I understand code so damn well too!

NOTE TO WOULD BE GAME PROGRAMMERS: The above is a rant. Most of it is true, but do not let that get you down. And note that the rant is my past view to programming in game dev. PAST, when I was just starting and naive.
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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:47 AM

Debugging can get hairy quickly, kinda like Supersloths vagina ;)
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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:51 AM

Hm.
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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:55 AM

View Postabsynthe, on 29 August 2013 - 02:53 PM, said:



Welp, i've officially had enough internet today. ..and it's only 11 in the morning.
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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:19 AM

View Postabsynthe, on 29 August 2013 - 08:47 AM, said:

Debugging can get hairy quickly, kinda like Supersloths vagina ;)/>

you said you preferred au naturale. little s
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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

Posted 29 August 2013 - 11:39 AM

View PostMichael26, on 23 August 2013 - 01:31 PM, said:

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[*]Programmers who don't code in their spare time for fun will never become as good as those that do.
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This is simply true. Practice practice practice. You can only force yourself to do something you don't like for so long before you go snap and show up to work in a Hawaiian shirt gutting fish over paperwork.
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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

Posted 29 August 2013 - 12:36 PM

That's not necessarily true. First, it doesn't speak to the quality of practice. I might do much more challenging things at work, and get way more out of the first four hours of my week than the extracurricular programmer gets out of a month of the things they work on "for fun."

I might just naturally be more talented at programming than the extracurricular programmer.

My hobbies might contribute to my abilities as a programmer, and clearing my mind over a couple of days might make me far more motivated and capable of diving in on a Monday.

People aren't so similar that "Programmers who don't code in their spare time for fun will never become as good as those that do" is some axiom.

This isn't necessarily a statement that I do or do not code for fun, just written from the perspective of somebody who doesn't.
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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:19 AM

Using GoTo sometimes can lead to simpler code than the structural alternatives.

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Re: What's your most controversial programming opinion?

Posted 02 September 2013 - 10:27 AM

View PostAdamSpeight2008, on 02 September 2013 - 12:19 PM, said:

Using GoTo sometimes can lead to simpler code than the structural alternatives.



That's not controversial. Locally true, globally false. Done.
If there are structured alternatives, they always lead to more maintainable code, and maintainability is the benchmark for simplicity.

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