Friday, June 11, 2010

Time Management

Hello again!

Well, it's been nearly three years since I last updated this blog. Time management was never my strongpoint, unfortunately, which interferes not only with learning to program but everything else. Though 98 times out of 100 I manage to get to work ok (famous last words?), it took me an hour to get out of the house this morning to do some shopping.. Due to the fact that I'm an observant Jew (though some would, of course, disagree - my affiliation of choice is (British) Reform Judaism, which is more conservative than its famous American counterpart but still not orthodox), I don't shop on the Sabbath and have therefore found it more convenient, since moving, to work Sundays to Thursdays. Since then, I've gotten a job (as I reported in my second-to-last post), made new friends, moved home, but still am no programmer! I'm hoping that my new regime of doing an hour a day of programming (made possible by the new move, though I'm not going to pretend I started it the day I moved in) is going to enable me to actually learn something. In the short time I was learning to program whilst writing this blog previously, my Language of Choice was Python, but I never could get used to the method of constructing a code block (solely) by indenting the body of the block - good programming practice of course, but unpleasant (or so I thought) on its own. I've therefore since switched to using Ruby, and its object-oriented focus (and, of course, keywords to indicate the start and ends of blocks) is something I much prefer. IIRC, Python can do object-orientation too, but I just prefer Ruby's way of doing it! So, let's see if this attempt (not the second, not the third... in fact I've stopped counting how many times I've made abortive attempts to learn to program!) gets us any farther!

5 comments:

tinwood said...

Shame you didn't get on with Python - it really is easy to get on with. You just need a good editor that works with the indentation.

Still Ruby is a good choice too. Pleased you've not gone off on a C++ meander!

Jeff said...

Haha I'll bet you are! A "good editor that works with the indentation" would certainly be a big help - in any language - but if so, the SciTE editor, as recommended in the book I'm learning from, isn't it - it indents the first part of an if...else...end code block correctly, but get stuck after the else. Other than that, it, and the book (of which more anon), are great.

Jeff said...

BTW, thanks for passing by Alex!

paulcc said...

not sure if you know about this: the local ruby group is back - http://groups.google.co.uk/group/ncl-rb/browse_thread/thread/8bc0a172bd8842ec?hl=en

Jeff said...

Paul - I do now! I'm usually busy on Wednesdays but I shall see if I can come along, thanks.