Wish I could read that fast now, or even retain it for half of the old time.
Me too. I started reading "real books" when I was 3 1/2, adventure stories mostly, and then graduated to science fiction at 5 - my dad made sure I started with Asimov of course, I skipped all the juvenile stuff, the first book was "I, Robot" which I read around 1964ish. I then rapidly consumed all his robot books and the the Foundation stuff and just about everything he had written by then. Heinlein and deCamp followed. I first met the Stainless steel rat by Harry Harrison around the mid eighties when they came out in paperback - and I've never looked back.
I wrote my first [fiction] book in 1975ish but it was never published, 35 years later I tried to give it another go but haven't got past basic plot planning, and re-planning, and re-planning, and.... ho hum, one day maybe.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
My Dad had shelves full of the original SF pulps - and I started reading them almost as soon as I could read at all.
My problem is that I can never remember which authors wrote what (which is great if I want to re-read a story!)
Best Authors? I loved Asimov's robot series most of all (mainly because Dad was a Cybernetic Engineer I think) I adored Stanislaw Lem's short stories. Iain M Banks probably tops my list - I shed a tear when he died.
these days I go to the library, and just grab SF books I don't recognise off the shelf (they are kind enough to stick a 'planet' sticker on them in my local library) and read 'em.
I also listen to audio books in the car while commuting - but the choice is severely limited (indeed the one I am listening to now has a narrator with a speech impediment (or really bad false teeth))
Not Quite a Programming Question, so I'm asking in the forum that has the most eyes. If I should move it elsewhere, please let me know kindly.
I have an article I'd like to write out and post, about a database toolkit. I haven't done so because I still use Visual Studio 2008: our codebase is exclusively in VS 2008, it works well, and my company has seen no need to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade. Worth doing, or is VS 2008 too outdated for such an article to be taken seriously?
When I went to VS 2005, my code wouldn't compile because it used an outdated delegate mode that worked great in 2004. Of course this was from a class using 500 MH CPUs and I had no clue about VS levels while taking the class. I think this is the kind of thing that might upset some readers and what the original question was about. Of course I say, let the readers squawk. (Well it works on MY machine!)
If the points and concepts of the article can pertain to newer versions of Visual Studio, then why not just go ahead and write the article. Even if it is VS 2008 specific, it might still be found interesting or useful by the CP Community anyways. So in short, go for it!
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