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/ [Feb. 28th, 2008|03:10 pm]
Lindsey Kuper

There's a sentence near the beginning of TeX for the Beginner by Wynter Snow1 which has stuck with me for years. I don't have the book handy, but it goes something like this:

There are two kinds of bugs: typos and opportunities to learn.

There's a problem I've been trying to diagnose for the past couple of days. When I was becoming discouraged about it earlier today, I thought of that quotation and immediately felt better. "I'm so deep into this at this point that it couldn't possibly be a typo, so at least I'm learning! And I've been working on it so long, I must be learning a whole lot! Awesome." I attacked the problem with renewed vigor.

Just now, I finally ferreted out and fixed the bug. Guess what it was?

An extra '/' at the beginning of an XPath expression. Yeah. A typo.

So. Today I learned that sometimes, things that appear to be learning opportunities are, in fact, not.2

  1. Actually her name, and the reason I picked up the book in the first place.
  2. In fact, this might be the central dilemma of my professional life.

[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2008-02-29 01:14 am (UTC)


What are you, some kind of experienced professional software engineer or something?
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2008-02-29 03:21 am (UTC)

Re: hey-o.

*laughing out loud!*

So many learning opportunities. It's interesting how much of being effective is learning where to direct attention, what to make unconscious, and what to be more conscious of...

And there are definite non-typo learning opportunities coming 'round the bend in about six months, yeah? :)

(Paul, I like that last option a lot...)
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