Etudes for Microsoft Word Programmers

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                                                      My regular readers have seen it before, but I will once again cite my favorite quote
from Thomas J. Watson, Sr., founder of IBM:

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure – or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because, remember that's where you will find a success.

I believe strongly that the only true failure is not to try. There is no substitute for actually doing something.



Eric Sink
The Business of Software


There exists a widespread conviction that the teachers teach. This is not true: people learn on their own. Teachers only help to learn or speed up the process of learning. Again – only good teachers do. Books also help in the process of learning, but they can not substitute personal experience. Experience is gained only through action. For instance, in an attempt to make or do something, or in the search of the solution of the problem that is interesting personally for you, my reader.

To learn something reading any – even the smartest or thickest books – isn’t enough. Readers almost never become writers. No book can substitute the effect of original work, regardless if it is done on the computer or on the blank sheet of paper. After a good training muscles should ache. It is a true sign that they develop. The same is true for the muscles of brain.

Therefore, put a blank sheet of paper in front of you and start thinking. Draw a layout or formulate basic requirements for your new program. Run your favorite compiler and develop your first (or next) good program.

The Etudes, given in this book should help you. They are not perfect and can be improved. Just do it.


Etudes for Microsoft Word Programmers.

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