It happened just like this…
Last night’s night’s writing prompt:
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Manager dropped the problem in my lap. I look up at my screen start typing. Hmm. How do you do that? I look over at my book shelf. My finger runs across the six books I have. I fish one out, flip to the chapter that has that stuff, and spot the nugget of code I need. Problem solved. Next day, I run into a weird issue. Trying to remember the function, I scan my repertoire of books. None of them cover that. Scratch that. I need to stop by the book store and get another one. Imagine that process day after day for some time. Then suddenly, this new website pops up. I hear people in the hallway chatting about it. “What the heck is a Google?” someone asks. I go back to my desk and type google.com. This plain old white page with the word “Google” appears at the top with an empty box in the middle of the screen. What is this? Why is everyone talking about this? I type in “array comprehension” and the Python reference manual pops up with a dozen links to blog articles showing how to use it. The next day, I find myself constatntly pulling it up. Nothing will be the same again.