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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