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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.

BigFix: Customized Logging Part 2

On Project:BlueFish

So in Part 1, we went through what it takes to support the logging loop. Here in Part 2, we'll wrap up by taking a look at the loop and the result. Let's start by looking at the remainder of the code.

It looks busy but it's only 63 lines of code (with spaces mind you).

The function CountDown is the framework for the timed loop. All of the action will be contained within the loop. Here's the rundown:

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