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Remember when programming was figuring

2013-02-06 20:11:07.926363+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Remember when programming was figuring out cool algorithms and data structures, rather than trying to wrangle frameworks into submission?

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-02-07 23:53:17.748668+00 by: Dan Lyke

And for posterity, LWP::UserAgent is just flat out broken for HTTPS, but it can kinda work okay if you "use Net::SSL;" earlier in your Perl, and make sure that Mozilla::CA is installed. And then you can use the ssl_opts => {} stuff to set the ca, cert and key info.

And I'd love to be programming for the rest of my life as long as I'm actually solving puzzles, and not just trying to get into the heads of people trying to adopt whatever cool "best practices" fad is flying around API design at the moment.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-02-07 03:34:08.891474+00 by: Larry Burton

I think the last decent programming I did was when I was 48. Since then I've tried to avoid it as much as possible by reusing existing code and involving myself mostly in project management. I'm now at the point where I suggest directions I want to see other programmers move in. I sometimes wonder if my aversion to programming stems from the aging process. I'm not sure I could program like I did in my twenties and thirties and I'm not sure what that means. I think a lot of it is that I saw all the coolness of the algorithms and data structures in my younger days and all that is just too repetitive for me now. All that's left is beating the framework into submission. Well, that and beating the young contract programmers into submission. ;)

#Comment Re: made: 2013-02-06 20:20:21.975741+00 by: Mars Saxman

There was a discussion a few months ago regarding the question, "do you want to be programming at fifty?", which touched on that distinction: