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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Help me help myself

From: Marcus Müller
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Help me help myself
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2014 01:18:17 +0100
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Hi Richard,

actually, I kind of liked your question and the answers you've got :)
As a community, it's always kind of hard to know where people actually encounter obstacles, and you're *exactly* the kind of future user we'd like to address: Able and willing to solve one's own problems, but not to shy to ask questions on how to do stuff. Also, you don't seem to be a complete stranger to the concepts of GNU Radio, so yours is an interesting angle.

Being part of the GNU Radio development easily makes one blind to the problems "normal people" have when getting into GNU Radio. For example, we've created a set of new guided tutorials, which I now habitually link to [1], but they were written by people who "guess" what new users should know based on the questions that get asked. And the questions that actually get asked might be quite different from the questions new users actually have. So we asked people to give their feedback on that (please feel encouraged to do so, too!). This all illustrates what Marcus L. concluded in "something that the GR community can't economically address", and I sure hope you'll feel motivated to find your very own way through Software (defined radio) Development!

Keep up the good questions,


[1] http://gnuradio.org/redmine/projects/gnuradio/wiki/Guided_Tutorials
On 12/23/2014 12:59 AM, Richard Bell wrote:
Actually, your replies helped. I was not aware or in the mindset that branchless_clip was a generally used method for clamping fixed or floating point values. Because of that, I was limiting my searches to gnuradio related stuff (googling "gnuradio branchless_clip"). Now I know it is a general method of doing something.

Helping people who are getting comfortable is a good thing to do. It will ensure they use the tools. There is a limit to this of course. No one wants to see basic level questions being asked all day.

On Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 3:47 PM, Marcus D. Leech <address@hidden> wrote:
On 12/22/2014 06:45 PM, Philip Balister wrote:
On 12/22/2014 06:42 PM, Marcus D. Leech wrote:

I'm not as smart as Marcus, so I googled "branchless clip",


I think that at the end of the day, questions like this boil down to "how do I get comfortable with the tools of the trade in software development".

That's not something that the Gnu Radio community can economically address.

Marcus Leech
Principal Investigator
Shirleys Bay Radio Astronomy Consortium

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