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Schizophrenic Following

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This post is a follow-up to my previous post, The Schizophrenic Programmer. I must have struck a chord, because I got a ton of fantastic feedback not just on this blog, but also on Reddit and DZone.

After further reflection, I still agree with what I said and my conclusions. Moving forward, I plan to learn fewer languages and less syntax. My daily pain is that too much of my knowledge is too tightly bound to the implementation details, and when I switch languages I can’t bring my solutions to bear. It sucks, and it makes me feel stupid. So the simple fix is to put my energy into learning more unbound concepts (like my soft skills of speaking and writing) and more easily transferable concepts (like APIs).

Analytics

google-analytics

I had a huge bump in traffic mostly due to Reddit and DZone that basically crushed my regular traffic down into the noise. My poor slice at Slicehost was taking a beating, so I quickly installed the Hyper Cache plugin. It’s dead simple and it really works. On Sunday morning, my load went from 0.2 to 0.02 instantly.

I also tracked my twitter analytics via bit.ly. As a side note, you can just put a plus “+” at the end of any bit.ly url to see it’s analytics. So, since the original post was shortened to http://bit.ly/cR6cnY, the analytics are available here: http://bit.ly/cR6cnY+.

Commentary

Lots of stuff was said, but I just wanted to touch on some of the key points.

  1. I feel your pain – thanks. I find it comforting to know I’m not alone.
  2. definition of schizophrenia – a couple of comments mentioned that my post had nothing to do with schizophrenia. First, I suggest you look it up: “contradictory or antagonistic qualities or attitudes”. My Erland knowledge is definitely in opposition with my Java, which is in opposition with my Actionscript, etc. If you don’t have this problem, good on you. Second, there’s thing called artistic license and if you are a writer you get to use it. I picked a sensational word for a reason. I welcome criticism of the choice, but it’s silly to take umbrage with its validity.
  3. short sighted – my plan was called out as short sighted a couple of times. I tend to think of life and plans like this… There are three choices when it comes to plans. First, you can have no plan, and just drift along. Sometimes you get smashed into the rocks, and other times you wash up on a tropical paradise with beer, virgins, and fiber broadband. Second, you can have a short term plan that gets revisited and revised as things change. Third, you can have a short term plan, but be so unbelievably naive that you think it is actually some awesome long term plan. Life is agile. All plans are short term.
  4. embrace and extend – a few people said don’t fight it and embrace the insanity. I really lust after new stuff, so it was easy to try to the embrace-the-insanity method first. Alas, it didn’t work out and I think it actually made matters worse. Thus, I decided to go with a new plan to fight against the insanity.
  5. python – a couple people mentioned I should switch to python. Yes I’ve written many thousands of lines of python, but none in 2010 so far.

Thanks for reading. As always, I love feedback.


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