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Mar. 8th, 2006 | 02:31 am
mood: productiveproductive

So, I managed to learn enough C/C++ to read and understand what a program was doing, copy that code to a new program, comment out the unnecessary bits and essentially simplify the program into something that uses the same sorts of stimuli I'd had before, but in a different setting and with a longer stimulus duration.

I am proud of myself. Because I'd never done anything with programming that required compiling before, nor linking to an application. I wasn't supposed to have to do this, either, but since it worked out that I needed to, I rose to the challenge and did it. Which is, you know, a good thing.

Also, it means I will not waste time and energy of other people involved on this project tomorrow because of my own incompetence, which is also joyous. (Very joyous. I quite literally skipped around the lab when I got this to work. Well, first when I got the program to compile and attach to an executable, and then when I got it to actually work how I wanted it to. Which is the nice thing about being in lab by yourself at 2 am... no funny looks from people. Not that I really mind the funny looks, but).

I am happy. I feel like I have myself back -- the person who just tells herself she can do something because it needs to be done (whether she has the skillset to really do it or not) and goes along and does it. And making this work has relieved an immense amount of stress. I really and truly will finish this project, and I will stop feeling like I'm playing catchup and am far behind where I should be.

It's a nice feeling.

And now, sleep. As I must be up early to run experiments!

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from: guardmisfit
date: Mar. 8th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC)

>>And now, sleep.

[an hour later] Ha. Right.

(congrats though! :P)

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from: shallwedance_
date: Mar. 8th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)

Yay! That's pretty much how I program in C/C++ and Java. To be able to make something work despite not knowing the syntax or all the fancy function calls makes you feel like you outsmarted all the programmers out there.


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from: anonymous
date: Mar. 13th, 2006 09:13 am (UTC)

Go Liz!

(For everyone else - I actually challenged Liz to get her program to compile in the time it took me to shower - and she did it!) Liz is awesome.

- Ted

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