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The Revenge of the Anti-Penguin
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Personal Enrichment Tips 
12th-Aug-2009 09:50 am
I've started reading some advice on programming.

Today's tip is:

Experience what it's like to be stupid:

Next time you're really doped up on cold medication, try to design a recursive algorithm in your head. This is how some people feel all the time

Really, you should read everything this guy has written, it's all good.
12th-Aug-2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Entertaining. Thanks for sharing. What, you mean my LJ doesn't qualify as advice on programming? (Not even in the "Sometimes the purpose of your life is to serve as a warning others" way?)

I find I agree with a lot, but I suspect if I explained why I disagree, he would probably be cool with it. And I even got some new fun ideas. In the database tips section, the idea of cryptographically signing tuples is quite handy for the cases in which I would need it, the others I would say are backed up my own experience, the only one I have a disagreement with is "Don't store configuration in a table", but that is based on the fact that it makes backup more complicated: a similar discussion could be had about "BLOB's" vs. filenames(and storing files on the filesystem), of course, I know many DBMS's would completely barf on storing files in the DB, but I'm sure you see what I'm getting at on the trade-off. A *real* DBMS would handle lots of "BLOB's" just fine... although I'm not sure a *real* DBMS as I just defined it exists outside of places like Google.
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