On Oct 21, 2011, at 5:27 PM, Christopher Lee wrote:
> [1] Your naturalness is always endearing, even when you play grumpy.  ;-)
> [2] What does truly uplifting/evolutionary code look like anyway?


[1] Thanks (I think). Perceptions are just that -- I could be wrong or looking 
at this from the wrong perspective. I do know that many businesses are paying 
attention to social networks as fields for harvesting new customers -- in that 
respect I think social networks are worthy of consideration.

Personally, I find little interest in the new social media. In addition, I 
often find it annoying and even presumptuous of people who post things and 
in-turn expect me to acknowledge and respond to their post. It's like walking 
down a crowded sidewalk and being required to say "Good Morning" to everyone 
you meet. While it might be polite and politically correct, it's also a pain in 
the ass and lacks honesty and purpose.

I say, why not better focus your "Good Morning" to the old person sitting on 
bench who is being ignored by all passersby? Your time/attention has worth, use 
it wisely.

[2] To me, uplifting and revolutionary code is simply re-inventing what's 
current and making improvements in user interaction -- thereby expanding 
programming into regions not yet touched. I've read much about the "mind v 
machine" integration in countless books and actually seen this being addressed 
in several different disciplines over the years -- to me, that is exciting, 
uplifting, and revolutionary.

Or example, just this morning, my wife (a jeweler) received this link:


Please review that link -- IMO, the people who designed that application have 
their thumb on the pulse of their customers.

So, my advice is to find something you like/know and make it easier for others 
to use.

In my recommendation to the College (where I teach) to include PHP in their IT 
curriculum, I wrote (in part):

-- quote --

The Internet is a World-wide phenomena that I need not expound upon other than 
to say the knowledge of how to communicate effectively on the Internet is a 
topic well worth the study. Internet communication is presented via Web Sites 
and knowing how to create effective and useful Web Sites is the key to 
successful Internet Businesses.

A Web Site need not be a static billboard on the Internet highway trying to 
snag passersby, but instead it can become a fully functional application for 
users to use and find solutions for their problems and needs. Finding and 
fulfilling customer's needs is what Business is about. The Internet provides an 
opportunity for Service Providers to optimize their efforts in finding 
customers. This presents an unequaled opportunity in sales and service.

To properly use this new medium, Web Languages must be taught and mastered. No 
single Web Language can fulfill all the needs of a fully functional Web Site. 
Instead several languages must work in concert creating a symbiotic 
relationship -- each language has its own scope, function, and limit.

A Web Site is like a House: There is the basic frame -- the 2x4 framing, 
flooring, rafters, siding, and roof. That's HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language); 
There is the siding types, the color of the paint, the type of flooring, and 
the general looks of the house. That's CSS (Cascading Style Sheets); Then there 
is the plumbing, electrical wiring, furnace for heating, and air-conditioning 
for cooling. That's PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor); Then there is the operation 
of the house such as electrical switches, doors and windows that open/close, 
faucets that turn on/off, air-conditioning and furnace that turn on/off via 
switches. That's JavaScript; And finally, there's the paperwork, such as the 
Deed, invoices, payments, etc, and the place to store that data. That's MySQL 
(the database).

Put all of those Languages together and you will have the workings of a fully 
functional Web Site.

While I say that all languages should work together and none work in a vacuum, 
it is noteworthy to point out that only PHP can build, create, and use all of 
these languages. In other words, PHP (while serving it's own function) can 
create code and use all the other languages as it wants. It is The Master 
Language that can change any of the other languages depending upon programable 
decisions. It can provide variables for languages that normally don't have 
variables, such as HTML and CSS, and it can communicate with languages that do 
have variables, such as Javascript and MySQL.

In short there is no limit to the scope of this most powerful Web Language -- 
it is THE Language of the Internet.

-- un-quote --

Now that you've picked the right language, what are you going to do with it? 
THAT I find exciting.




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