Re: Programmer/Writers

Subject: Re: Programmer/Writers
From: "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Ed <hamonwry12 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2009 20:32:03 +0530

On Mon, Jan 26, 2009 at 7:55 PM, Ed <hamonwry12 -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
> I became a writer because I *can't* program. I've tried, keep trying, and it
> just doesn't make sense in my head. I can read and mostly understand
> others'code, and I can write HTML and CSS in my sleep, but when it comes to
> writing actual code, I don't understand why a few lines that seem to make
> sense in my head won't do what I want them to do.

Well, there's at least one difference between the two Eds :-)
I've programmed in Visual Basic, Javascript, PHP, Python, Borland
Delphi, multiple SQL dialects, and more :-)
I have to admit to the frustration that you feel, fellow Ed, for at
times I have wondered the same... but if you stick at it, read the
error messages, and Google those error messages, deliverance is
usually quick.

Mind you, I was programming and debugging way before Google existed,
so it hasn't always been the only method of resolution - but in this
day and age, it's pretty much the best way to start. :-)

> This is also the big problem I have with XSL - who decided design should be
> created in code?

Arrghh... there, I totally agree with you, fellow Ed! I have suffered
much misery on account of XSL, and I doubt the DITA OT is done with me
yet! :-( And Google... wait, let me not say anything about it in this
arena :-(

Edgar D'Souza (
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