The above video is essentially how I program. Have a problem – make a tool. Be happy when it works.
So sometime back in 2002/2003 I really got fed up with GIS. I had been doing it for about 10 years. I decided that those years plunking away at a Unix terminal weren’t all bad so I decided to take a turn into System Administration. I started working on trying to divert my career. I started learning anything I could about programming. PERL was one of those things I decided to learn. Why? I don’t know – at the time I wasn’t interested in VBA and PERL was cross platform. So anyway – my claim to fame was this one script I hobbled together. It read a directories worth of metadata files and sorted keywords by order of occurrence. There were like 6 or 7 thousand files. We had some sort of problem with the records and it came down to keywords. So I sorted the keywords. If I remember correctly the most used keyword was map. The least used word – I should say the most unique least used word was crap. Yes – Crap. Everyone had decided I had actually put crap in a metadata record. If I was going to put something in there – it wouldn’t be crap.
So anyway I saw where PERL is 25. It made me wonder what happened to that script. I finally gave up on my dream of being a sysadmin. I still held onto a few skills but other than that – eh – it’s GIS from here on out. So here’s to you PERL…..SALUTE.