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Why and How to Learn to Program

It's surprisingly rare for me to get emails with suggestions for posts, but since posting last week about my startup, I've gotten several requests for a post about programming. Good idea-I should have thought of this before.

Now is a particularly good time to talk about programming, because now is a particularly good time to start a tech business. Every two weeks I go to Startup Poker, where I play poker with a bunch of startup employees and owners. We don't talk about startups all that much, but when we do, a recurring theme is this: there has never been an easier time to start a startup.

The process of starting up a tech company has almost become standardized: two founders join together with an idea, they start building it, take funding, and change the idea along the way as necessary. Amongst the two founders, there are only two configurations that you'll see: either both are "technical" or one is "technical". Technical meaning that they can program and will actually build the product.


On Blogtopus

I don't really like the way comments are on this site. You know what I mean? It is confusing to have comments with different hierarchical levels display at the same level visually. This happens when you scroll down so that a non- root-level comment will be dragged all the way to the left. In this way, a real root node, displayed further down the screen, will take up the same amount of horizontal space as this child node, and then all hell breaks loose. I can't tell what's the parent of what, and who replied where, and all the fuzziness happened.

---By the way, I don't really plan on having anyone read this, so if you are reading it, please know that I usually am more coherent than this. My brain is kind of fried fries.

On Reddit,  you can open and close layers of comments and their children. I find this very useful, because sometimes I want to disregard the shit out of shit.

I was thinking, maybe it would be good if you could click "Focus on this Comment" on a comment and then you'd be like 'Wow'. Because then it would move it over to the leftest point, and you'd only see its children. Then you could "Focus on this Comment" on one of its children. Then you could go back to the first one, by using the browser history. Then, you would be happiness.

Possibly also, there could be different colors for different levels of posts. That way, nobody would get lost trying to keep track of which parent is parent.

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