Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Re-tooling

I spent my December vacation in study: read a bunch of manuals, brushed up on my javascript, my python, played with RoR for a day or two, coded a bunch of little things in javascript learning the DOM. It'd been a while since I'd used javascript.. a long, long while.

(And helped out a friend who needed music for his pilot. No joke.. three hours to compose and record the titles-music for his project. Yikes.) *

Now, I'm in the middle of some excellent, and fun, training in Adobe Flex. Great stuff!

I'm enjoying learning these new tools. Not only do I believe that it is important to keep the mind sharp by learning new concepts, new techniques, and new languages but it keeps me going.. this stuff is fun.

In the end, of course, they're all just tools. Some more enjoyable to use than others, but useful only for creating solutions to problems. For the holy-grail-description of the problems inherent in software engineering, read the famous No Silver Bullet essay by Frederick Brooks, Jr.

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