All beginners once...
- This is a little O/T, sorry for that in advance.
I agree with Douglas on pretty much everything (he's even helped to get
me physically fitter!) with one notable exception. Over several years
since I discovered it, JSLint has never hurt my feelings. It's made me
say, "WTF?", "Bollocks!" and a lot worse more times than I can count
and it's undoubtably made me a better JS programmer - so much so that
it's now a language that I feel completely comfortable rather than
JSLint even made my scripts work with Internet Explorer - when they
previously only worked with Firefox.
Thanks to Mr Cheney's Prettydiff I can even produce reasonably formatted
code without having to try too hard. (Every Little Helps, as the advert
says). Thanks for that Austin.
With that long preamble, I find myself wondering why some developers are
so "rude" to mere mortals like me. I filed a bug elsewhere, unrelated to
either of these excellent tools and felt immediately like I had crapped
in someone's pantry: partly for being apparently ignorant of the "right"
way to do something and partly for being there at all. I am still
ignorant of what I was supposed to do - since the answers lacked clarity
and I felt I was being pushed away like one might denigrate a homeless
My feelings were not hurt, but my hackles were raised.
This isn't a busy group, but there are people here who might be able to
relate to this - and be able to remind other experts that not everyone
shares the same expertise - and you have to understand the other guy's
point before you shoot at him.
I remain grateful to Doug and others here for keeping me sane in this
feelings" notice might be, (but it could make you a better programmer).