Priorities.... - Input Junkie
From memory, heard on Car Talk
: When you're repairing your car, your first priority is not to repair your car. Your first priority is to not get hurt. Your second priority is to not break your car more than it's already broken.
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Actually, that holds true for a lot of things...
Whether it's because I was trained in all sorts of utilitarian skills when I was quite young, or it's because my brain is just wired that way, they're all part of one thing to me. My
first only priority is to "fix the car while not hurting myself or anyone else and not making the car more broken instead of less", all at the same time. (Being a technomage does help a lot.)
That's like COBOL vs BASIC ... COBOL is crap at conditional logic statements, so it breaks them down into separate line commands, BASIC you just do it all in one command, with a lot of AND WHILE statements.
I know absolutely nothing about COBOL, except that it's really antiquated and it has something to do with business. But when I got my shiny new Commodore-64 in 1982, I taught myself BASIC from the manual that came with it, and within a couple of years I had that thing doing all sorts of tricks. (And I took a bit of FORTRAN back in about 1965 - I didn't finish the course, but it exposed me to the kind of thinking that was necessary for BASIC.)
(It's not AND WHILE, it's DO WHILE, and there's also IF...THEN...ELSE, FOR, and a lot of GOSUBs!)