I would rather
understand the basics really well than memorize all kinds of
complicated concepts I can’t stitch together and can’t rederive
from the basics. If you can’t rederive concepts from the basics
as you need them, you’re lost. You’re just memorizing.
Companies prefer employees who will prioritize social approval
from the team over personal ambitions or needs,
and call such a person a team player.
Are you quite sure
that all those bells and whistles,
all those wonderful facilities of your so-called
“powerful” programming languages,
belong to the solution set
rather than to the problem set?
EDSGER W. DIJKSTRA