How little green men helped me solve a puzzle
Okay, so first of all it is all Serge’s fault. On the train back from Schiphol he introduced me to http://www.adventofcode.com and together we solved the first puzzle, which also marked my first steps into Python.
I was hooked instantly.
Every year I try to learn at least one new language or skill, but the last few years it felt like cheating. First I learned AppleScript then Blender and last summer I settled for kOS scripting, interesting, but not very deep and most of all not very practical. Python proved to be something else. It reminded me of C, Pascal, Bash and everything else. It seemed to come very naturally and at the same time it continued to surprise me with simple constructs that allow you to do things elegantly and efficiently.Read more →