[Tutor] WRITING XLS FROM OS.WALK()
steve at pearwood.info
Sat Oct 9 08:12:36 CEST 2010
On Sat, 9 Oct 2010 03:15:35 pm you wrote:
> > You should use that. It works, it is tested and thoroughly
> > debugged, and it is powerful.
> Certainly so, but not as powerful as the individual's ingenuity in
> solving the problem at hand without foreknowledge of the 'known'
I suppose you made your own computer, smelting your own ores to get the
metals and creating your own plastics from oil you dug up yourself,
right? And then you wrote your own operating system, and wrote your own
programming language which just happened to be exactly the same as
Python in every possible way.
My uncle once went to the doctor complaining about general ill-health.
The doctor sent him to a specialist, who examined him for five minutes,
ran a blood sample through a little hand-held device, and two minutes
later said "You've got such-and-such a disease. Here's my bill for
My uncle got all indignant. "$500? You've hardly done anything! Why
should you get so much just because you've got a tool that does the
work for you?"
The specialist replied "The bill is $10 for my time, and $490 for
knowing which was the right tool to use."
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