[melbourne-pug] Thank you Anthony and Intrepid
mauriceling at acm.org
Sat Jun 18 10:37:43 CEST 2005
>Hmm. I agree with others' suggestions that this be treated as a Special
>Interest Group kind of thing that happens as an adjunct to the group.
>Like many of us, I already have multiple projects of my own that I don't
>get to spend enough time on, as well as earning a living. I'm not really
>interested in being part of another project as a major focus for the
I agree that a group project shouldn't be central or even near central
to the group. It has to be a SIG kinda thing so that members who aren't
interested in the project can still participate in the group meetings.
>I think that by discussing the variety of projects people have been
>involved with we will all have the opportunity of learning something
>new, or perhaps gain another perspective on how we're doing things with
>our own projects. A group project would allow those without their own
>projects to put some of these lessons into practice.
I agree with this.
>Oh, and on reinventing the wheel, or duplicating another project; I
>don't think it's necessarily a bad thing, for a couple of reasons:
>- Solving a problem is a good way to learn. You usually start off
>learning a new language by reimplementing "Hello World!" for the 472nd
>time, after all.
>- If it's been done before, you can learn from others' mistakes and
>hopefully do it better. If you're trying to learn something new, you can
>get an Aha! moment of "Oh right, so that's how you do that..." by
>referring to someone else's work.
>- Competing projects enable the best one to win out by virtue of being
>It all depends on what you're trying to achieve. Why build a house when
>you can buy one ready-made?
I think 2 popular reasons are:
1. there is no house that fits my design
2. it is the kinda ego-like thing about living in the house you designed
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