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The rubber duck is your familiar, mediating between you and the Powers that enable you to program.
At times the S/N ratio on the channel goes too low, so the Powers cannot get through. It is then that giving your duck some attention (and a small sacrifice, e.g. your firstborn...) can really pay off. Get on the wrong side of your duck, and you will program nevermore!
Is that "New Agey" enough, or should I insert some psychobabble as well?
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.
-- 6079 Smith W.
Okay, I can make some sense of that. I would have pictured a cat though. I have a black one who is slightly cross eyed and whose tail and ears are too big for the rest of him. He is my familiar. What do I tell him?
I hate it when people ask me good questions. I like stupid questions that I can answer quickly off the top of my head without thinking. Good questions I have to think about for awhile and maybe even do some research. The only upside of good questions is I usually learn something also.
So many years of programming I have forgotten more languages than I know.
I've found that in life the right question is worth several right answers.
But sadly you don't always get them
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
Even the not-so-great developers seem to be in short supply these days. They're increasingly getting drowned out by the "do my work for me" brigade.
IIRC, we used to get the occasional no-effort homework assignment posted between the genuine questions. Recently it seems to be the other way round. And usually multiple copies of the same homework assignment, because half the class is too lazy to think for themselves.
"These people looked deep within my soul and assigned me a number based on the order in which I joined." - Homer
Hi Richard, I suggest that CP is "reaping the wind" of its laissez-faire culture.
I'd guess "word has spread" (and the search engines put CP front and center) that CP is a "soft touch" ... imho, it is, compared to SO ...
QA posters can, and do, post anything without lifting a finger to even select a few relevant tags.
I used to raise the issue of requiring posters to fill out a simple form before their post was published: gave up on that after several tries. So, you have the spectacle of, often, multiple solutions/comments posted that beg the OP to clarify what their question is about.
Someone may respond to a question with a comment asking for clarification; that doesn't stop other responders from posting what they think are solutions.
Note how few MVP's actually contribute to QA; note how the C# language forum has drifted into being yet-another-QA, with posts about language issues scarcer.
You may think I am complaining ... I'm not. I enjoy responding to questions with what I hope are answers of the same quality as the writing in my book Addison-Wesley published (30+ years ago).
And, I treasure my (peripheral) involvement in this remarkable community !
Most valuable, for me, is learning from people like you, Richard McCutcheon, OriginalGriff, and others, who are so broadly/deeply informed, and up-to-date on all the latest/greatest.
«One day it will have to be officially admitted that what we have christened reality is an even greater illusion than the world of dreams.» Salvador Dali
Back in February or March, when some of the "numbers" were coming in, and our politicians were arguing that closing borders wouldn't be "Canadian", and others were saying get back to me when it's "10,000" and I went on to predict (pessimistically) it would go to 50,000,000 ...
We've passed 63,000,000.
But, wait, our politicians are still getting high marks (?!)
(I forgot: the Nanny State)
It was only in wine that he laid down no limit for himself, but he did not allow himself to be confused by it.
― Confucian Analects: Rules of Confucius about his food