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Post 8 made on Wednesday December 16, 2009 at 12:23
Lyndel McGee
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August 2001
It helps if you are a programmer/engineer simply because engineers usually treat language like a tool. Just as a carpenter knows how to build a house, read blueprints, etc...; he/she will choose the right tool to get the job done most efficiently. A software engineer well-versed with algorithms and communication models (synchronous vs asynchronous) looks at the features of the language and determines how best to write an algorithm.

Case in point, I coded a quickie socket communication algorithm in about 2 hours the other night for full asynchronous communication and event reporting.
My first time through this 2 years ago, I spent 10X that amount of time learning the ProntoScript Object model and figuring out how to apply my algorithm to the language/object model.

So, as Rusty points out, there is a learning curve. However, if you do this enough, methodologies will be ingrained into your psyche and therefore you will spend much less time doing same thing next time.
Lyndel McGee
Philips Pronto Addict/Beta Tester

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