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LC Thesaurus of Common Functions and Commands

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:10 pm
by deeverd
The LC dictionary is quite good and does a fairly decent job of providing definitions of functions and commands, but it also takes way too much knowledge on the part of a learner for granted.

For that reason, I would suggest that in addition to the dictionary that there should also be something more like a LC thesaurus of common ways of using commands and functions. Basically, it would be organized like a regular thesaurus, but instead of definitions and a brief syntax like the dictionary, it would have 10 or 12 (or more) examples of some of the most common uses for the top 100 or 200 functions and commands. That would be worth its weight in platinum. It's definitely one thing to know about a function or command, but quite another to see it alive and kicking in its natural habitats.

Hopefully this didn't come across as a complaint, which it isn't, but as a way to encourage and foster a lot more confidence in using the full power of this awesome programming language by people who have never done much, if any, programming before.

Cheers,
deeverd

Re: LC Thesaurus of Common Functions and Commands

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:59 pm
by richmond62
deeverd wrote: quite good
"Quite good" is NOT "GOOD".

Damning by faint praise is quite the English thing . . . which surprises me, as you don't appear to be English.

Misschien bent u Nederlands?

Re: LC Thesaurus of Common Functions and Commands

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:20 pm
by deeverd
Damning by faint praise is quite the English thing . . . which surprises me, as you don't appear to be English.
Ah, it's called guilt by association. I formerly lived in England (Greenwich and Sandwich), as well as Australia and New Zealand (plus the commonwealth country of Fiji).

It's tough being an American who holds the fork "upside down" in his left hand. Makes all the other Americans suspicious of me. I also don't know which way to look anymore when I cross streets.

By the way, I see that you hail from Bulgaria. I'm big into making my own yogurt (Lactobacillus bulgaricus of course), and am always in awe when I see images of the beauty of your country. The most recent (lower-budget but fun) version of the "Scorpion King" movie was filmed in Bulgaria. It's worth watching the movie for that reason. One of my favorite Las Vegas restaurants is "Magura," which serves fantastic Bulgarian dishes (stuffed peppers, sausages, chicken liver delicacies, tripe dishes, etc.). Having French Luxembourg blood running through my veins makes these dishes quite popular with me.

Cheers,
Allen

Re: LC Thesaurus of Common Functions and Commands

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 7:47 pm
by richmond62
"guilt by association"

Ha, Ha, Ha . . . Thee and Me likewise

I don't "hail from Bulgaria": I am Scots!

My wife is Bulgarian, and for the last 10 years we have made our home in Bulgaria, our children are half-breeds (unsurprisingly),
one at University in Germany and the other (who holds a US passport) in the United States.

The yoghurt is fantastic, although the Bulgarian equivalent of the haggis is second rate!

The wine is amazing; and as the only Scottish wine I have ever had was made out of Beech-tree sap, it cannot compare.

Low-budget movies . . . Ha, Ha: everything is pretty low-budget over here: if you have any pretensions at all, forget the place extremely quickly,
but if you want a bloody good time with nothing terribly sophisticated then get yourself and your significant other (???) air tickets, tell me when you're
arriving {NOT between 17th July and 17th August] and we'll get up to the airport to collect you!

Re: LC Thesaurus of Common Functions and Commands

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:39 pm
by deeverd
Hello Richmond62,

I'd bring along the wife with me in a heartbeat to Bulgaria in late August or September if I could this year...

Quit my teaching job a little over a year ago to finally have time to finish a Ph.D., a bunch of books I have written that are mostly ready to publish, and quite a bit of software. Right now, I'm living on a $1,200 per month retirement, so it will likely be a year before the cash starts flowing enough to travel again, as well as indulge in my favorite single malt Scotch, such as Lagavulin. The more smoky the peat fire flavor the better! Only trouble with having Lagavulin here is that I don't have any crisp, clear drops of cold Scottish water to put in it. Gotta try the Scottish beech sap wine someday. Certainly had some great wines at the Bulgarian restaurant.

Been to Scotland a couple times while working a stint as a ferry pilot in 1990, flying single-engine airplanes across "The Pond." Had a chance to see Stornoway and Edinburgh, and enjoy the great haggis. With my French blood, the ingredients weren't shocking, and besides, black pudding used to be a staple of mine in England.

Hope that offer doesn't expire this year. Bulgaria is definitely at the top of my must-see list.
Cheers,
Allen