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Learning Is Not Just for New Engineers

Jonathan Harris
jessepkm
jessepkm
8/12/2017 6:20:39 PM
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Re: the key is in the effort.
I greatly admire those who work with programming languages and build systems and programs of various types and functions.

But the key to knowledge is exactly the one mentioned in the beginning, constant learning.

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jonharris0
jonharris0
8/11/2017 8:18:40 AM
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Re: Learning skills as a tool
Great stuff here Victor, thanks for the comments.  I am envious and wish I would have had the knack for programming so early such as yourself.  I was not too fond of it early on (as evidenced in my blog).  I still have to work at it as it does not come naturally for me.  I can read it fairly well, but still am not very good at generating code from scratch.  I do a lot of borrowing from coworkers and a fair amount of patchwork putting it all together to do what I need.  I can modify things well enough to be dangerous at it! :-)

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Victor Lorenzo
Victor Lorenzo
8/10/2017 5:06:44 AM
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Re: Learning skills as a tool
Well, this is embarrassing, but I do make some use of Basic and LabView. I have one improvised books-based stand for the LeCroy HD DSO that includes "LabView Graphical Programming, third edition" and "Visual Basic 6.0 Manual del Programador, Microsoft". And there they do well their job. LOL.

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Victor Lorenzo
Victor Lorenzo
8/10/2017 4:51:57 AM
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Learning skills as a tool
Nice post Jonathan. I definitively agree with you in that learning plays one key role in our engineering carrers. Programming caught my attention from the very first moment I had one computer in front of me. It was a "beautiful" NEC PC9801. Some other students enjoyed hours playing games with them, but I felt like the N88 Basic and assembler languages were the toys I was always expecting for.

Now all of that falls in what I could call "ancient times" and I no longer use any form at all of the Basic language. LabView & LabWindows were also tools I used in the late 90's, but my last two experiences with LabView in the early 2000's were dissastrous in terms of time consumption and productivity. I spent almost two weeks programming the path planning and motion control for one smartcards embedding machine using one NI motion control board... and did not succeed. Every single change required an excessive amount of efforts. I simply switched to what were my usual programming tools (C++, C#) and in less than a week I had working the CNC milling and the Pick'n'Place modules.

During years I've been filling my personal tools box with several useful skills, but the oldest one in the box, and the most valuable for me and most used of all is the ability to learn new things. I realy enjoy to, and also need to, learn new tricks and stuff every day.

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