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So his first instinct was to waste hours on this debugging instead of just googling the error message and finding the cause within seconds?

It was an interesting story. And they already established that they were trying to procrastinate.

I've generally been of the Don't Reinvent the Wheel school of programming for a long time. However, I've been digging into Jonathan Blow videos again and he seems to be pretty worried lately about how little time developers spend working on fundamentals, and I agree that is either a problem, or will become one soon enough.

I haven't quite figured out how to incorporate that into my philosophy. I'm still pretty damn sure I don't want your exercise in fundamentals to be running in production, but I also don't want to be surrounded by people who only know how to look things up.

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