The sensation of the mystical, K&R

I’ve set my self the grand   challenge of learning IOS and Android development. I fancy my self as app. creator Guru LOL. I think Android may have won the day in terms of popularity, however they say that you are more likely to make money selling IOS apps. Just look on the Play store to see how many free apps there are.

I’ve definitely got my work cut out and it’s a reasonably long term goal I guess. But learning Java is already starting to put all my Web coding knowledge in to perspective though. Wrestling HTML and CSS is starting to seem quite simple compared to the wacky syntax of Objective C or the sheer size of the Java class libraries for example.

I was given a copy of Kernighan and Ritchie (K&R as it’s affectionately known ) ‘The C Programming Language’ when I was an apprentice probably in 1990 something.  To be honest I don’t think I ever properly read it. I was pretty good with C programming, but I ended up in the IT dept. mucking around with Unix sys. admin, doing backups and restores and taking Sun Workstations apart etc.  It seems incredible now, but back then we had a paper based call management system. Users had to fill in a CSAR form, ‘Computer Services Assistance Request’ which is kind of reminiscent of how the Jobcentre  still works today in fact. Unix support seemed like much more fun at the time and indeed led to 10 years working at Sun Microsystems! Any way I digress, I’ve just about finished reading K&R recently, at least the parts that a relevant to Objective C any way 🙂 Back when I read it the first time, people were just starting to bin their Electronic type writers in favour of Windows 3.1 probably … Imagine that ? Who’d of thought you’d be able to carry a super computer in your back pocket back then ?

I’m off swimming now, the New Milton centre had a half million pound  refit last year and the new steam room is a great place to unwind after all my hard work. ( learning IS hard work )

I’ve just seen this quote on my Diet-Power programme ( yep back on the diet 🙂 ) and it inspired me to write this post !


The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the power of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms ­­ this knowledge, this feeling, is at the centre of true religiousness.

Albert Einstein


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