Life and Fear

4 thoughts on “Life and Fear”

  1. What language are you learning?

    I’m TRYING to learn VB.NET, but I’m not adverse to learning C#.NET. Any tips, pointers or recommendations for learning? I’m open to almost everything, short of dancing naked under the moonlight. No one wants to see that.

  2. Have you done any general “intro to programming” reading? Picking up a new language is pretty straightforward when you have the basics down. MIT has some free courseware (videos and such) in this regard.

    I’ve tried. I’ve got online training and some books. Problem is time. I have to get up and running ASAP and so I don’t even know how to get started — where to begin, that sort of thing. And when I do try, I feel like I’m spinning my wheels and the syntax doesn’t stick. Does that make sense? Probably not…

    I’m afraid I’ve only messed around with the .net stuff, so I wouldn’t know exactly where to point you.

    That’s been my trouble too. The books I have are either too basic, too advanced, or just too doggone thick! 1600 pages?! C’mon.

    Also, it sounds like you’ve got more of an issue with focus than anything else. I recently started using (again) the pomodoro technique. It’s boosted my productivity at work immensely.

    /end plug

    I tried that one. Maybe I should try it again. We’ll see.

  3. Your boss definitely needs to give you more encouragement. Bosses sometimes have a bad habit of only noticing mistakes, without acknowledging all the things you did RIGHT. (I try not to be that kind of boss.)

    Based just on the things you say to me, I sorta wish I worked for you.

    But to be honest, my boss is a very nice guy. He’s put up with a lot of slowness from me in the last 20 months, and I don’t blame him for being impatient if he is. I’m worried about it, but all I can do is the best I can do. I think it would be a different situation if I were competent with the OLD technology while trying to move to the new, but that’s not the case, so everything he asks me to do is pretty much over my head. I don’t want him to decide he made a mistake in hiring me.

    Your “agony wheel” sounds pretty miserable. Since you seem to naturally flip back and forth between work and writing, could you perhaps schedule it, rewarding yourself when you stick to the schedule? Like, if you can focus on work for 30 minutes, you get to surf for 10 minutes, or work on a story idea for 15 minutes… and then at least at the end of the day you’ll be able to know exactly how much you accomplished in each sphere, without burning out on either of them. Just a suggestion…

    And a very good one! Maybe I can try that. Couple with Bryce’s suggestions (see the other comments), it might be just the thing I need to pick up the pace. Of course, they do nothing to help me understand WHAT I’m doing, but they DO help manage my time. Thank you so much, Spark!

  4. Is 2003 not current anymore?

    Well, let me put it this way: This is Microsoft. Since 2003 we’ve have:

    Version 2005
    Version 2008
    Version 2010
    Coming soon: Version 2012

    So, I’m gonna say no, it’s not current anymore. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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