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Good Advice Unheeded

It is interesting what you learn about yourself over the course of an open source project. That's because people are always giving you advice. The best advice comes with code attached, and is a little easier to digest. I sometimes manage to listen. I learned a lot about the new OO by trying to wrap my head around (Java) code that was sent me. Other times I've felt that advice was not really applicable, only to look back years later and see what I missed. As an example, there was a guy that wrote me that my Mac shell would really be useful if hooked to a port as a telnet daemon ... not what I was interested in, not my focus ... (with hindsight) what a great idea! I suppose it's too much to expect, that we take good advice every time it's offered, but I try to listen a little more carefully ...

I almost forgot, my tiniest open source project might be my most-visited. When I first started playing with Java (late '96) I posted a small maze applet. That bit of code ended up being linked to a lot of kid's pages, and earns me charming notes from the little tikes, saying things like "you suck" and "you need color". Perhaps I should have built the maze applet out a bit more, but that wasn't the original point.

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