> Kenneth R. Irwin wrote:
> > In general, I write a program if I think it'll take less time
> to write the
> > program than it would to solve the problem by hand (or, if
> about the same,
> > if writing the code will be more interesting.)
> If it's something I'm doing over and over again, I'll eventually script
> it if I think it'll save me time in the long run. But most of my
> programming effort goes toward maintenance and bug fixes (and these
> might be huge kludges if I'm working around a vendor's product with no
> source code).
> Now how many people still find coding exciting after doing it for a
> living, or learn new languages just for the hell of it? :D
Since I'm a contractor, and I don't work in a library (or similar
institution), I code whatever they pay me to code.
I don't find code that exciting anymore... 12 languages and over 10 years
of doing it... it's kinda become passe. I enjoy writing code for solutions
that serve a larger purpose, but generally, I find it menial.
As for learning languages, I need to finish learning Java and learn C/C++,
after that, I'll consider myself a pretty well-rounded programmer.
Incidentally, my language of choice right now is PHP, but I'll digress to
PERL, ASP/VBScript, VB, or Python on rare occasions.