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Confidence restored! Also, on the topic of Microsoft courses.

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A while back, I watched a documentary called "Indie Game: The Movie." The documentary summed up the entirety of what I want to do with my life. I want to be able to influence people's childhoods as games such as Super Mario Brothers and Tetris did for so many. Several months after I had watched it, I had forgotten why I wanted to learn. I was starting to feel like it was too far away and that I'd never be able to make it. Last Sunday, I watched the documentary for a second time, and it made me remember what I was doing all this for. It still made me feel the way it did the first time. I'm glad I watched it again, or else I may have been stuck in a very long bout of depression.

I wasn't sure how to transition smoothly between that last bit and the next bit, so here's a nice dashed line.

I'm taking an introduction course to programming with a textbook that was written by somebody who works for Microsoft. Nothing against this person, but they should be in a different line of work. I'm nearly half way through the textbook, and all I've learned is how to create buttons for a form. The book doesn't go into heavy detail about any keyword or why it does what it does. It says, "Here, use this. I'm not going to tell you why, just trust me that it does what I say it does." That's all fine and dandy if I'm going to be using Visual Studios for the rest of my life, but I don't plan on it. I plan on using a plain old text editor and a good CLI compiler to do my work. Also, why in the heck are you teaching people Visual Basic? I don't want to be babied through my courses. I'm not trying to insult anybody by saying this, but how useful is it in reality? I don't think the college I go to provides any classes on it besides the only core class that has to do with programming. That was probably just poor planning on the school's side, though. I think I'm going to end my rant here.

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