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Li Haoyi
Li Haoyi committed Mar 15, 2016
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This post will walk you through a sample exercise in diving into someone else's
code. The goal will be to make an arbitrary change to the [Spyder Python IDE],
a project I have never touched before in my life, and learn *just* enough about
it to accomplish what I want without getting bogged down. You will learn how to
approach problems without the rigour taught in formal education, and instead
with guesswork, experimentation, and insight learned in a professional
environment. You will see first-hand the joys, sorrows and frustrations trying
to navigate the project, culminating in a working (if rough) patch adding a
feature to a large, unfamiliar codebase.
code. The goal will be to make an arbitrary change to the code of the
[Spyder Python IDE], a project I have never touched before in my life, and
learn *just* enough about it to accomplish what I want without getting bogged
down. You will learn how to approach problems without the rigour taught in
formal education, and instead with guesswork, experimentation, and insight
learned in a professional environment. You will see first-hand the joys,
sorrows and frustrations trying to navigate the project, culminating in a
working (if rough) patch adding a feature to a large, unfamiliar codebase.

Everyone who learns programming has written a pile of code in a bunch
of different programs: whether it's implementing algorithms for problem sets,

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