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Hey - it's only software, man!

I have to learn some pretty tricky software and I know it's going to be a rough ride - what philosphies and techniques do you use to stop yourself being discouraged when you hit what appears to be an almost insurmountable hurdle? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Jan 12, 2006 - 12 answers

How Do The Professionals Do It?

Programmers help please. I program DVDs using a very simple language which is proprietary to DVD. Typically instructions will be used to link to specific menus or video, or to set audio or subtitle streams etc, and most of these instructions exist as pre or post commands (i.e. at the start/ end of a specific menu or video section), or as button actions. And because all the code exists at numerous different locations (i.e. different menus, different video sections across the disc), in extremely complex projects it is quite difficult to keep track of what's going on where, and more so, almost impossible to remember what on earth is going on when you return to a project months later. In order to get round this problem, I recently started using basic flowchart software, cutting and pasting all the code into an infrastructure so that I could see the project code (and flow) as a whole. I found this incredibly useful, and was just wondering if this is a common way to keep track of those projects that involve a lot of mental juggling, or if there are other ways to keep track of what the hell's going on?
posted by forallmankind on Apr 4, 2005 - 8 answers

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