Reading Code

When you are learning how to program, you think that most of your time is going to be spent writing code. The reality is most of your coding time is actually spent reading code. Other people’s code. Code with comments that lie. Code with bizarre short cuts. Code whose original authors are long gone or unresponsive.

And that’s the real skill of a good programmer, the ability to read this kind of code, and make sense of it. Maybe even make it a little better as you come across it.

First Steps towards the Tesla Museum

As reported by Ars:

On Friday, a group known as the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, formerly known as Friends of Science East, purchased 16 acres on eastern Long Island to create a Tesla museum and science center. Matt Inman, creator of the Web cartoon The Oatmeal, encouraged his readers to contribute to the non-profit’s purchase, calling its goal, “a simple feat… only expensive.” Inman set out to raise $850,000, but ended up raising close to $1.4 million for the establishment of what will be America’s first museum dedicated to scientist Nikola Tesla.

I donated to this effort, and am very excited to see this going forward. This is just the first step though, as it gets the land. There is still a tremendous amount of work that will need to be done to rehabilitate this into a museum, but at least it’s no longer going to be bulldozed to build a shopping plaza.

Can’t wait for the next steps on this project.