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EXPLAINING. THINGS. THIS NOVEMBER! THING EXPLAINER by Randall Munroe. Forecast. THE BEST HARDCOVER. by Dr. Myles Munroe. Whitaker House he is the presence and power of heaven in the world Most Important Per Daily Power and Prayer Devotional. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Brilliant a wonderful guide for curious minds.”—Bill Gates “Like any good work of science writing, [Thing Explainer] is equal parts.
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Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon? Randall Munroe is here to help. In Thing . Pdf Download Free eBook Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words By Randall Munroe PDF eBook #pdf. See the Glog! Download ebook Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe pdb pdf epub: text, images, music, video | Glogster EDU.
But if there used to be seas, then maybe there used to be animals, too. On Earth, when animals die, sometimes parts of their bodies turn to a kind of stone.
If there were animals on the red world, maybe we can nd the stones they left behind. If we nd that there was life on the red world, it will be one of the most important things weve ever learnedbecause if there was life on the red world, it means theres probably life in lots of places.
We now know that most of the stars in the sky have worlds around them, but we dont know if theres life on those worlds. We know theres life on our own world, but that doesnt tell us whether life is normal or not. Maybe life is a very strange thing that got started only once, and none of the other worlds have anyone on them to wonder about this question.
But if we learn that life started on the red world, too, it means that life probably gets started on new worlds all the time, and probably also got started around many of those other stars.
Some of this is due to quite a bit of historical programming dating to the early web, when there was less thought to maintainability and not abusing the flexibility of the language, and some of this is due to the rich syntax and expressions allowed in the language. Perl comes with a larger vocabulary than many other languages, and the syntax is complex expressive enough that the learning curve is a bit longer.
The benefit is that people well versed in the language can express themselves clearly, concisely and quickly. Python, on the other hand, as a smaller vocabulary, and more constrained syntax. This emphasizes clarity over conciseness and quickness.
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This constraint allows programmers that are amateurs to still write code in a way that does not appear extremely different than the code an expert writes although I believe there is an underlying complexity in the code that this masks. The important thing to note here is that there's a trade-off in language design, and in the use of languages.
I believe that a group of five expert Perl programmers will achieve more in the same time period than a group of five expert Python programmers, all other things being equal including module ecosystems. I don't think this is a a controversial statement, just as I don't think five expert QBASIC programmers will be as efficient as five Python programmers, or that five expert Perl programmers will be as efficient as five expert APL programmers.
The key point here is that if they are all experts, whatever your trade-off for accessibility was is now a liability.
The other key point is that people rarely become experts, so optimizing for some lower level of skill, whether it be amateur or professional, is often a more useful strategy, because it trade of quality efficiency for quantity is often a good one to make at this level.
Conversely, I would argue going too far the other way, to the level of QBASIC, constrains people past the amateur level far too much and hurts efficiency as well. I guess that's really just a long-winded way of saying you should write to your audience.
I often find I use wordier expressions when I could have used something simpler. Login to Control Panel.
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Most popular. Premium Web Hosting RMOn a similar note, I recommend that everyone who writes ie: everyone read: "On Writing Well" by Zinsser himself a propoment of revisions, the book is in its 30th edition : kbenson on May 10, Using a simple vocabulary is not inherently better.
Perl, for example, often labelled as a write-only language. But even so, we haven't quite gone to the extremes of XKCD 's Randall Munroe, whose excellent new book Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words breaks down in absurdly detailed diagrams how everything from the solar system to microwaves actually function, using only the 1, "ten hundred" most common words in the English language.
If you want to download this book, click link in the next page 5. The normal words in the two middle panels are all found in the list at the back of the book. The layperson may have wildly different expectations for what that means, if they even want to hazard a guess.