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Things I Miss

I’m coding seriously again for the first time in years. And I can’t believe how much I missed it. There’s a certain joy in writing a program seeing it work, and solving a problem. When it’s an entirely new programming language it’s even cooler.

But as I start programming again I realized I truly miss something I thought I’d never miss: fan-fold listings. There’s just something much better re: a fan-fold listing than a listing on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. It just somehow feels like a proper program listing to me.

I know some will say “Why print it out, screens are huge today”. Yeah. But you can’t lay down as much code across a screen as you can across a table and scratch it up with a pen. Paper just makes coding easier, in my opinion. It allows you to touch the code, in effect. Move it around freely across a table figuring out exactly what’s wrong or right about it

It’s much like with whiteboards/blackboards. Some folks claim you can do everything with a computer, but there’s just something about standing at a blackboard or whiteboard with colleagues that cannot be equaled electronically. At least not yet.

And so it is with listings.

I even looked up the cost for a printer capable of handling fan-fold and they’re stupid expensive. Sigh. Supply-and-demand no doubt has driven the price of those printers up. Alas, I bet paper isn’t that easy to find, either.

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