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#1 2005-12-20 00:38:01

syamajala
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do people really...

do people really memorize all the functions and stuff for things? i've been playing with ncurses and i couldn't even remember how to get the max x and y for a window ;-p

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#2 2005-12-20 00:41:18

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Re: do people really...

syamajala wrote:

do people really memorize all the functions and stuff for things? i've been playing with ncurses and i couldn't even remember how to get the max x and y for a window ;-p

for the most part, yes.  vim has lots of helpers for this stuff though - the taglist plugin, ctags, and the new omni completion.

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#3 2005-12-20 00:57:58

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I tend to look stuff up. I only have so much core memory in my head and I like to keep the most relevant stuff there. The rest I keep in secondary storage with an index in my mind as to the quickest way to find it.

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#4 2005-12-20 01:06:30

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Knowing where to get information is better than knowing it.

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#5 2005-12-20 01:08:19

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kleptophobiac wrote:

Knowing where to get information is better than knowing it.

right on! Who said that anyay? I'm guessing Einstein.

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#6 2005-12-20 01:17:46

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People ripping off my sayings again!!!

hehehe.

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#7 2005-12-20 02:14:29

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i use nano...

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#8 2005-12-20 02:16:36

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I have no idea who said it... it's just been something I've believed.

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#9 2005-12-20 02:50:32

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I know most of the lower level php functions and some of the higher ones by heart, along with the options for them and what type of data they produce (bool, array, string, etc). I usually have php.net open on another desktop when I code though, in case I need to look something up.


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#10 2005-12-20 02:58:01

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I'm with dusty, I remember what I'm working on, and keep references to it in the back of my head for later. And I confess, I use nano, I even *gasp!* uninstall vim from all my installs! big_smile

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#11 2005-12-20 03:29:46

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I'm a vimmer... and I usually have an API open somewhere or within easy-opening-reach while I program.  Often too much of a hassle to remember every little function/method call.

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#12 2005-12-20 09:22:28

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Ah, nothing is like a good cup of tea, a fireplace, and the C++ reference on my lap. :-p

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#13 2005-12-20 16:14:32

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postlogic wrote:

Ah, nothing is like a good cup of tea, a fireplace, and the C++ reference on my lap. :-p

One thing I can't do is sit down and read a reference book, then start programming what I learned. In order to learn it, I have to be sitting at a computer with the reference, while programming, or it just won't work out.


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#14 2005-12-20 16:55:40

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It really depends on usage though... I mean, I can tell you the signatures of std::copy and std::transform by heart, but std::set_intersection, I can only guess... or std::lexicographical_compare... no idea

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#15 2005-12-20 17:11:47

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kleptophobiac wrote:

I have no idea who said it... it's just been something I've believed.

It comes hardcoded into our brains...


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#16 2005-12-21 08:00:53

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The fact that I'm human makes me <3 Doxygen.

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#17 2005-12-21 09:18:08

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shadowhand wrote:
postlogic wrote:

Ah, nothing is like a good cup of tea, a fireplace, and the C++ reference on my lap. :-p

One thing I can't do is sit down and read a reference book, then start programming what I learned. In order to learn it, I have to be sitting at a computer with the reference, while programming, or it just won't work out.

Yeah, I know.

I have this buddy who actually does that, and manages to remember most of it. He's insane. For his home exam, he made his own file sharing protocol and wrote a browser for it. He's been programming for 1/2 years. Damn him.

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#18 2005-12-28 17:24:00

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The brain is insanely powerfull. But yeah i think more to the point I'm too lazy to remember everything.


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#19 2005-12-30 03:55:31

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cocoa seems to be really big. so many objects and methods!

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