[Chicago] How do you get up to speed with an api?

Carl Karsten carl at personnelware.com
Fri Jul 1 00:43:17 CEST 2011

On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 5:24 PM, Steve Schwarz <steve at agilitynerd.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 2:59 PM, Brantley Harris <deadwisdom at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I disagree.  I think the best way is to call the API developer and
>> harass them repeatedly until they come over and teach you exactly how
>> everything works.  Then, since they won't see it coming, bash them
>> over the head, and chain up their unconscious body in the basement
>> where you will keep them for months, feeding them bread and water in
>> exchange for insight into their application.
>> I'm just saying, that's the *best* way.
> You've missed the **best** way. Always write your own APIs! Who could
> possibly do as good a job at meeting your needs and your way of thinking??
> I mean, really, who needs more than just the standard Python libs?  ;^)

And it is way more fun to write new code.  Trying to work with old
buggy code sucks.  writing new buggy code rocks!

Carl K

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