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Issue 6.3


Impossible Programming

Issue: 6.3 (March/April 2008)
Author: Marc Zeedar
Author Bio: Marc taught himself programming in high school when he bought his first computer but had no money for software. He's had fun learning ever since.
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Article Length (in bytes): 22,243
Starting Page Number: 20
Article Number: 6311
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As an amateur programmer, I often face what seem to be "impossible" programming tasks. Sometimes this is an entire application. Other times it's a small part of a project. But in either case, I'm overwhelmed by the challenge, feeling out of my league and over my head. Often I'm so lost I have absolutely no idea how to proceed. The task seems so vague and mysterious I don't even know where to begin. It's an "impossible" programming project!

Then I watch REALbasic gurus like Charles Yeomans and Joe Strout who seem to churn out "impossible" code so effortlessly. What is their secret? Are they just smarter than me?

Well, that's undoubtedly true, but it doesn't mean that my situation is hopeless. It occurred to me recently that there really isn't such a thing as an "impossible" program. Essentially, anything is possible with programming. Anything. I realize now that I knew that subconsciously and that's one of the reasons I've always found programming so fascinating.

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