Today was the two noobs pair programming. I think we were half as productive as expected. Maybe less. I didn't get to anything I was supposed to look at, but I read through it for percolating this evening.
Lots of programming does well when it steeps in my head. Sort of. I don't know.
I do know if you take away Gmail and chat programs I do a fuckload more work, that's certain.
Holy cow. I'm not even unhappy about it; pair programming keeps you close to on task. There's never a "hey let's google lolcats" moment when you're working with somebody.
I don't know if I'd run up against that in this environment; there's a metric ton for me to learn about python and the financial services industry before I stand a chance at being bored.
Today this blew my mind in Python:
class CaseOfSpam(): Case =  def spamYourKids(self, spam): self.Case.append(spam)
So that looked pretty innocuous to me, coming from Java.
but when you do something like this:
>>> a = CaseOfSpam() >>> b = CaseOfSpam() >>> a.Case  >>> b.Case  >>> a.spamYourKids('spamYourWife') >>> b.CaseQuick, what do you think b.Case should be? Nothing, right? We didn't add anything to it. Ahh, but we did:
['spamYourWife'] >>>Oh no, they're everywhere!!
In fact, instantiating additional CaseOfSpam()s will give you prepacked Cases, with whatever you've appended.
This is actually totally OK, but I flipped out for about ten minutes, muttering "everything I know is wrong" over and over.
What I expected was an object field, not a class field.
Class Fields are global.
Object Fields behave as I'd want, where each object has its own stuff in it.
I'll add 2 functions and an object member to show this. (why two functions? I'm going to add an __init__ call to construct the object field we need)
class CaseOfSpam(): Case =  def spamYourKids(self, spam ): self.Case.append(spam) def cuzEtc(self, spam ): self.Box.append(spam) def __init__(self): self.Box = 
Now I can add stuff with the instance object -
>>> a = spam.CaseOfSpam() >>> b = spam.CaseOfSpam() >>> a.cuzEtc('Brian') >>> b.cuzEtc('Filthy Lumberjacks') >>> a.Box ['Brian'] >>> b.Box ['Filthy Lumberjacks'] >>> a.spamYourKids('I SAID EVERYBODY') >>> b.Case ['I SAID EVERYBODY'] >>>
And that's how I play Crack The Whip with my readers.
Scott, are you still here? I expect you're the only one.