Re: [OT] debian package maintain tutorial
* On 2012 04 Nov 10:54 -0600, lina wrote:
> On Monday 05,November,2012 12:45 AM, Neal Murphy wrote:
> > *How* and *how fast* you learn don't matter. *That* you learn does.
> Very encouraging and inspiring.
I'm coming in late.
I wanted to learn C for years from back in the days when I started with
MS-DOS in the late 1980s. I had a few books and bought the Borland
Turbo C++ compiler but nothing gave me a context of how it fit together.
When I started playing with Slackware Linux in 1996 the philosophy of
Linux and programming began to fit very well in my mind. I'm not a
super C coder and I lack formal training, but I do manage to contribute
to and maintain a project that is upstream of Debian. It is something
that I find personally rewarding.
I have found that my learning is when I find code that does something
similar to what I want to do that I can modify to what I need
complemented with the language manual. That mimics what works for me
with mechanical and electronic things where if I can disassemble it, I
can figure it out and possibly fix a problem. I think I didn't like
elementary school all that much because it was so little hands-on. I
excelled in classes where hands-on work was combined with book theory.
Once you understand the process by which you learn, you can learn
anything with that approach.
"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all
possible worlds. The pessimist fears this is true."
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