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Re: bookparts (OT)

From: J Martin Rushton
Subject: Re: bookparts (OT)
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:33:57 +0000
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On 12/03/18 21:47, Noeck wrote:
> Hi all,
> thanks a lot to all how replied to my questions!
> I got quite discouraged by the first reply but having my questions
> (mostly) confirmed helps a lot.
> Summary of the main points:
> - \bookpart is something like a scope for \paper settings
> - I have to use unique variable naming
> - While includes can go in several places, variable definitions can only
>   appear on top level (so can includes containing definitions).
> The unique naming is the biggest issue for me now and I have to
> restructure a lot concerning variables and includes. But it is solvable.
> Thanks for all your input!
> Joram
Scope! Whazzat?

From my formative years ...

Real Programmers...
• Don't eat quiche. Real programmers don't even know how to spell
quiche. They like Twinkies, Coke, and palate-scorching Szechwan food.
• Don't write applications programs. They program right down to the bare
metal. Applications programs are for dullards who can't do systems
• Don't comment their code. If it was hard to write, it should be hard
to understand and even harder to modify.
• Don't draw flowcharts. Flowcharts are, after all, the illiterate's
form of documentation. Cavemen drew flowcharts; look how much it did for
• Don't use COBOL. COBOL is for wimpy applications programmers.
• Don't use FORTRAN. FORTRAN is for wimpy engineers who wear white
socks, pipe stress freaks, and crystallography weenies. They get excited
over finite state analysis and nuclear reactor simulations.
• Don't use LOGO. In fact <no> programmers use LOGO after puberty.
• Don't use APL unless the whole program can be written on one line.
• Don't use LISP. Only effeminate programmers use more parentheses than
actual code.
• Don't use Pascal, BLISS, ADA, or any of those sissy-pinko computer
science languages. Strong typing is a crutch for people with weak memories.
• Never work 9 to 5. If any are around at 9 a.m. it's because they were
up all night.
• Don't play tennis or any other sport that requires a change of
clothes. Mountain climbing is OK, though, and real programmers often
wear climbing boots to work in case a mountain should suddenly spring up
in the middle of the machine room.
• Don't like the team programming concept. Unless, of course, they are
the Chief Programmer.
• Have no use for managers. Managers are a necessary evil. They are for
dealing with personnel bozos, bean counters, senior planners, and other
mental defectives.
• Don't drive around in clapped out mavericks. They prefer BMW's,
Lincolns, or pick-up trucks with floor shifts. Fast motorcycles are
highly regarded.
• Like vending machine popcorn. Coders pop it in the microwave oven.
Real programmers use the heat given off by the CPU. They can tell what
job is running just by listening to the rate the corn is popping.
• Know every nuance of every instruction and use them all in every real
program. Puppy architects won't allow execute instructions to address
another execute as the target instruction. Real programmers despise such
petty restrictions.
• Don't bring brown bag lunches to work. If the vending machine sells
it, they eat it. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat
it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.
- Author Unknown

(Nicked from
who had pinched it from an April 1985 DEC magazine)

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