These last few days, when presented with programming challenges, I’ve decided to try to solve it the way that seems: less obvious, more elegant, to possess hidden features, to be more extensible.
If I write an AST for our grammar homework, I’m going to do it in as few lines, as generically, as possible. If I am searching an image for bounding boxes, I’m going to try something different from the linear search I know how to write.
This seems stupid at first:
but holding on seems to result in more and more feelings of this:
So until I am in a job or a rush, I am going to start doing more things the hard way.
The stupid way to do things the hard way, though, is to hide from all hints — something I find myself doing when I want to feel like I am “smart enough” to figure it all out from first principles. This is a bad plan. I am smart enough to build on what other people know.