October 6, 2010 § 1 Comment
While I’m certainly in no position to comment on anything regarding programming languages YET… I had to pull myself away from one of the assignments I was in the middle of doing to report on this…
Even when it takes 30 minutes to find the flaw in your string of arguments, or even worse – just one line – at which you focus on repeatedly trying to interpret or understand the best approach and/or problem – it is such amazing fun, I can’t even tell you!
Seriously, this type of thing was literally made for my ridiculously, near asperger brain – the kind that can focus so closely in on something that i literally forget everything else (no wonder time disappears – I sometimes forget to acknowledge it exists). There were times of course where this happened to me at work, but not for a while and not for anything work related enough… certainly not like this!
The logic in here is brilliant… it’s just like a detective novel (which god knows I don’t read – and for good reason – I can’t imagine what that would do to my already overly pre-occupied brain). But, I swear, learning all of these language rules and regulations to then try and neatly translate messy sentences into perfectly linked together, logical commands for execution is just BRILLIANT. And getting it right is like a party and getting wrong is like an investigation… a LONG one.
*FUN: the act of chasing something that you can’t wait to catch.
There are all these connections you have to make and things you have to keep in mind, tricks you’re trying to implement so as to create databases that are so smart… so good… so amazing that with just a few word choices, cammas and semi-colons you can find out… THAT!… yes, and that too!
It’s like word searches online (the stalker kind I’m so good at) , but for grown ups and a million times more fun. It reminds me of the only math class (other than Stats in College) that I friggin looooved in high school – Geometry. And it’s not that I even remember anything about angels, but what I do remember is loving those proofs!!! IF THEN logic = candy! …it was the first time in my life that I remember considering doing Law.
Um, I know Geometry to Law, not the most logical jump – but somehow it seemed to make sense.
Oh, but good lord – this is so much better!
Of course learning this stuff is going to be so hard, with tiny bursts of victories… but USING it will be omg soooo much F.U.N.
Who could have thought that I would ever find myself, sick, doing homework on a Wednesday afternoon, after class, awaken from a SQL assignment with no solution found (and I say awaken because the last time I checked it was like 2 hours ago) and feel more energized than ever before… like I had just watched a great movie or listened to a favorite CD.
Tomorrow will surely be hard…. but today can’t be a fluke, and yesterday couldn’t have been either.
Dat is goed.
October 4, 2010 § Leave a comment
I’m writing this mainly for me… so that I don’t forget. In SAS an IN operator functions as an or…. in SQL an IN condition functions as an and.
argh. memorize brain, memorize.
…at which point will I have two schemata for all of this (i.e. the day I stop myself after reading every sentences wondering which book this is – umm, wait, is this SAS or SQL??!), instead of one (i.e. when I’ll read this in the distant features and scoff at myself, good lord you really knew nothing didn’t you! ) ???
grow synapses, grow… split schemata, split…