I found this excellent essay about writing computer code at evhead. The author makes several very good points about reading and writing in a programming language. I feel a little bit better about my own programming after reading it. When I dusted off PoolPlayer (my football pool manager app) last month I was tempted to just start from scratch and re-write the whole damn thing. I know so much more know about database structure and design and about data access methods than I did when I originally started writing it two or three years ago. I’m glad that I decided to keep my core code and fix it rather than begin again. When the Gators lost to Auburn I lost all desire to continue. It sucks. It really does. I want to work on the app and fix it and make it work and finally finish it. But I have no motivation now. Oh well. I don’t know what I’m gonna do with it.

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  1. I am attempting to write a football pool program as well. A Fairly simple one but with nice images and cool interface. Being new to programming, This is a bear! I can’t figure out how to do lots of things. I’d appreciate any correspondence…maybe we can help eachother out. I’ve got tons of graphic designs, just lacking some code.
    Thanks…and good luck
    Ryan Saunders

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