Ron Power wrote:
And a square and level... the most important tools :)
Well, if the carpenter is really good, he/she can make a minimally
serviceable square, just by knowing that a triangle with sides in a
3:4:5 ratio always has a right angle, and can make do with a plumb line
instead of a conventional spirit level.
But my point in that paragraph was (as has been fairly recently pointed
out by a master organbuilder on the PIPORG-L list), a skilled craftsman
(or craftswoman) with a few primitive tools is infinitely better than a
duffer with all of the best tools.
And my point in the paragraph that followed was that every language you
learn doesn't just add a new tool to your workbench; it adds new skills,
and increased understanding of what goes on in that piece of electronic
real estate we call a computer (cue the anthem from TRON).
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