Friday, April 27, 2007

Computers hate me and I hate them (today).


Yes, you heard me. ARGH!

I definitely need my own personal army of programmers. There is just no other way to survive, I think, and be able to do what I know needs to be done.

What's driving me nuts is that nobody else seems to realize these programs should already exist.

I don't want to start my own software company, but I might have to if I want people to be willing to code for me day and night.

I've thought a lot about going back to take classes to learn how to program, but it seems a bit ridiculous with all the other things I need to do. And given that my natural talents are a bit more on the intuitive side than the break-things-down-into-simplest-bits side, I've always found programming difficult.

I know what I want the programs to do. I just wish there were an easy button for this.



At 8:46 AM, Blogger Indifferent said...


Nice one

My own research requires me to program for about 24 hours a day, even though I'm a mechanical engineer. And believe it or not, I wish I had taken more programming classes!!!

So yeah, there are worst cases than yours...

Good luck..

At 10:03 AM, Anonymous TB said...

I feel exactly the same way. Maybe I'll have time to learn more programming during my postdoc. (hahaha)

At 7:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to my world.

I am a computational biologist - computational algorithms and the experimental validation to test those predictions. Not to mention having to learn all the sophisticated statistics and higher level math.

Writing in PERL/C/Java, understanding dynamic programming, Hidden mark models, bayesian networks, etc..

then I have to know all the wetlab stuff, PCR, stem cell transformations, enzyme assays, you name it I have to do it..

welcome to the new biology!

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Barsawad said...

I too wish there was an 'easy button' for that!

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Manontheoutside said...

Okay, my field is Comp.Sci, and I've thought about similar on a number of occasions: Academic institutions need to hire people to do menial coding tasks.

In particular, I've thought this in response to the commonly asked question of "why don't academic projects measure up to industrial projects?". The answer is twofold: academic software projects are normally built by *very* small teams of RAs, PhD students or PIs (normally RAs or PhDs) with little or no support and heavy time constraits. Thus, the software often ends up being minimally built to support a hypothesis rather than designed and tested to be used outwith academia.

It's bugged the hell out of me in the past. I'm often much more mellow now.

At 8:36 AM, Blogger Ratul said...

wat do u mean u r intuitive.....ppl who r good at programming r extremely creative and intutive ppl.....dunno whr u got tht frm.....

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Ratul said...

and why do u need classes...get hold of a good book and read it urself...u need brains not spoon feeding

At 8:56 AM, Blogger Ratul said...

and why do u need classes...get a good book and learn urself....rather than being spoon fed

At 4:57 PM, Blogger MedInformaticsMD said...


Here's an untold truth about computers and the people who run them: link.

At 12:57 PM, Blogger TW said...

Funny, I'm on the opposite side of that. I'm a programmer who writes software for data analysis (particularly in life-sciences), and I'd love to start my own business, but have a hard time finding ideas for programs that users might need.

At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe I can help!


At 1:38 PM, Blogger Zareen said...

I am right-brained as well - which is why, at this stage of my PhD (figuring out my methodology), I find myself wishing that someone would:
- design a statistics package that is not SPSS for me
- code my data (once collected) in a way that I can still recognise it
- be able to simplify the output so that it actually looks like meaningful information and not random data vomitted by an arithmatically acrobatic computer.

In short, if you have the slightest bit of irritation with programming, my heartfelt empathy goes out to you.

At 6:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Programming is easy. Get a copy of Visual Studio 2005 and start playing with it. It is much easier than programmers will have you believe. Next get a copy of SQL Express version (it is free) and learn SQL statements, they are so simple.

Example: If you want all people who are younger than 20 then SQL statement is.

SELECT * FROM People WHERE Age <= 20

Example: If you want all people who are younger than 20 and live in New York then SQL statement is.

SELECT * FROM People WHERE Age <= 20 AND City = ‘New York’

Post your progress on your blog, I will follow you and advise.

At 2:27 AM, Anonymous Journalist said...


At 4:19 PM, Blogger Geek Different said...

Coding is not easy! ...

And I'm not just saying that because I earn a decent money doing it...


At 4:20 PM, Blogger Geek Different said...

Programming is not easy ...

And I'm not just saying that so that people don't start and take away my good payin job!


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