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Seeing people excited by their side projects makes me realise how old I am. A decade or so ago, I started a company, working 16 hour DAYS, seven days a week. Before that, I spent most of my spare time writing CP articles. After selling that company, me and the guy I started it with had about four other ideas we tried to start, so I was always coding in the evenings. That guy fired me 3 years ago because he was stupid, so we lost contact. The idea I'd had with him didn't progress because the friend I was working with dragged his heels and eventually the product appeared by another vendor locally.
Nowadays, I work about 9-10 hours a day, working from home, so about the same time commitment someone with a commute makes to an 8 hour day office job. I am working through a Typescript book at the moment, which basically means a chapter every Sunday. Apart from that, I'm happy to just lie in bed with my wife and watch crime shows. I still love coding, but I don't have the energy to do it every hour of the day any more.
I'm still (after 35 years) using all my spare time to play with code, however the definition of spare time has changed at every turning points of my life... Nowadays planting vegetables in the garden with the kids gets precedence...
"The only place where Success comes before Work is in the dictionary." Vidal Sassoon, 1928 - 2012
For me, it just means working on different stuff, i.e. less writing code, and more writing words (I'm arguably better at the latter, so I probably should have done it years ago).
And games. I'm finally catching up on trying out video games that I've wanted to find time for, over the years -- a huge advantage of that being that they're all either free or dirt cheap, now, so I've saved a fortune.
Still just sitting at the damned computer, though.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
I used to have tons of little side-projects I would start working on the moment the "work day" was over, until I was ready for bedtime, and then weekends, but eventually I totally lost the motivation.
I certainly don't dislike coding these days - I'm looking towards retirement to complete a lot of these projects of mine. I have fun working on that stuff and could do it all day (if that's the only thing I was doing), but unfortunately none of my "coding for fun" ideas would ever evolve into something that pays the bills. So until I can afford to do it all day, I work for The Man.
Well, my hobby turned into a job. This is a double-edged sword. I've burnt out, and have stopped coding as a hobby. But I do want to keep coding when I retire. Only, I'll be doing it for fun, not the money.
A few years ago, I was thinking that when I retire, I might spend a considerable amount of time on filling in holes in Wikipedia in areas where I have some knowledge.
It is not going to happen. I still have about eight years left until retirement. For several years I have had this feeling that noone cares about an old man's experience and knowledge. Things are done differently nowadays. The world is different. People have different tastes, thoughts and opinions. What I can contribute has no significant value. So how will it be eight years from now?
I have come to realize that whatever I do won't benefit anyone, except possibly myself. The same goes for the coding I do in my spare time: The software will never get out of my personal PC. I write a few posts in CP and every now and then in two other specialized fora, but 95% of my writing is read by noone. Its only purpose is for me to clear up my own messy thoughts.
Let the world go its own way. Remember how (un)important you considered near-retirement people when you were young. Accept that today, you have become as unimportant as you were thinking then.
I have come to realize that whatever I do won't benefit anyone, except possibly myself. The same goes for the coding I do in my spare time: The software will never get out of my personal PC.
That's exactly why I work for The Man and can't live off of software I actually would like to work on...
Member 7989122 wrote:
Remember how (un)important you considered near-retirement people when you were young. Accept that today, you have become as unimportant as you were thinking then.
Yeah, no. You can't generalize people's thinking process like this. Unlike the smartass know-it-alls I see everywhere (now and back then), I've always appreciated the value of near-retirement people (as you call them). My dad worked as a mechanic for 40+ years, and I call tell you this much: he used to fix cars. Today's younger mechanics just replace parts.
There are parallels in the software industry, but I really don't want to get into that right now...
I don't think that is true. It's a western thing and it's bullshit. I loved meeting old people when I was young. There's young people who will listen to you today. And on Wikipedia, no one knows how old you are
There are pretty much many server infrastructure monitoring utility out there but all are programmed in PHP and all my servers are running in Python and I don't want to install PHP for this, so I wrote this small script which runs as a standalone webpage fully programmed in Python which does satisfies my need I hope you too find it useful
you can see the process, disk usage, kill the process and so on..
You can't delete once there is a reply - I could dispose of the whole thread for you, but it does no harm to leave it here and add an article / tip anyway, so I'll leave it alone.
There is another possibility since this it Github based, which is a Project: Your GitHub Project on CodeProject[^]
Be aware that your Readme.md will need to be pretty solid, as the moderation criteria for a Project are pretty much the same as those for an Article; a lot higher than required for a Tip.
I look forward to seeing the results!
"I have no idea what I did, but I'm taking full credit for it." - ThisOldTony
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So I've been bugging out on a way to do LL(k) parsing and while I was stewing on that I was also coding on the slang parser parsley generated.
And I realized something. If Parsley can import other parsers, share symbol tables and lexers with them, and then delegate to them, what's to stop Parsley from simply using multiple parser algorithms to parse something?
each sub-parser, sub grammar, could be LL(1) (possibly LL(k)) table driven, recursive descent, LALR(1) or whatever as appropriate.
The only issue right now is error and continue in the recursive descent form, and possibly the lalr(1) form.
If I can work out those issues, then i can let parsley choose the algorithm to use for each imported grammar.
When I was growin' up, I was the smartest kid I knew. Maybe that was just because I didn't know that many kids. All I know is now I feel the opposite.