My Apprenticeship - Thursday, June 24, 2004

24 Jun 2004

In the summer of 2009 I revisited my 2004 summer apprenticeship at Object Mentor. What follows is the original 2004 post and then some 2009 commentary.

You Cowboy has taken to saying ‘sankyou’ when Cowboy helps him out. Cowboy replies with an even more Asianized ‘sankyou’ and we move on. You Cowboy is also fond of saying ‘RefRactor’ and ‘Ohh Cowboy’’ (with this sort of world-weary sigh that’s just perfect) There were times when I couldn’t code because I was laughing so hard. A quality experience.

The pattern that established itself is this: Micah introduces some concept in C#, such as event handling, and we stare at him confusedly. Then we do a project involving said concept. I get really confused, while the Cowboys trade barbs. Eventually we figure it out. And Cowboy checks his eTrade account. Repeat cycle.

Incidentally, ‘delegates’ are really cool. They are methods that you can pass around. I have this problem in my Tic Tac Toe game where I keep having to cycle through all the spaces in the board. So my code is littered with things like this:

for( int row = 0; row < 3 ; row++) { for(int column = 0; column < 3 ; column++) { [[some function or other]] } }

The functions in the middle do all sorts of different things. I think that with a delegate I might be able to have just one place where that nested ‘for’ loop happens, but with an assignable method inside. Which would be cool. Except that TTT is written in Java and delegates are in C#. Micah thinks that using ‘runable’ will work, but David thinks it’ll be tricky (David thinks it’d be a snap to do in Python – always with the Python). Anyway, I’m gonna try.

When pairing goes well it’s like hanging out with your friends all day, getting work done, and getting paid to do it.

To be totally honest I never did try to use Python or ‘runable’ to solve the TicTacToe repeated code problem. I did later learn Ruby and blocks which solved the problem quite nicely. As my friend Pat Farley once said: “Ruby is great at removing the duplication where you’re doing the exact same thing repeatedly but all the words are different.” I had to think about that one for a week before I got it.