Monday, May 29, 2006


My To-Learn List

Stress and other causes of unhappiness at work for the past few months have caused me to neglect "personal development." Through the years, I've always spent a lot of my free time learning more about my craft, but recently I've started hating computers so much that I can't bear to do any programming or study at home.

That needs to change. I'm making a list of things I'd like to explore that I can refer to when I get those "I'm so tired of C++ and Windows I could scream" rages:

  1. OCaml
  2. Haskell
  3. Eclipse
  4. AJAX
  5. MySQL internals
  6. OpenGL

A lot of this knowledge won't be "marketable." That's fine—I'm doing this for myself, not for my current or future employers. If all they want out of me is C++ and Windows, then that's all I'll give them.

I'm surprised to not see Ruby on your list.

And isn't Eclipse just and IDE?
I've already learned Ruby and done some playing around with Rails. I'm not an expert, but I think I've covered all the interesting bits.

I thought Eclipse was just an IDE too, but I keep hearing that it is the newest super-terrific tool that makes coding easy and fun. I want to see what people are talking about. Unfortunately, I always lose interest while waiting for Eclipse to start itself up.
"I always lose interest while waiting for Eclipse to start itself up."

That's where I am with it.
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