| ||Ask HN: Should someone write something “complex” without reading about it first?|
5 points by geophertz 16 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 5 comments |
|I'd like to write an interpreter, and thought it would be nice to write one without learning/reading about them and then once it's done, read a book about it to see what I should have done differently. One of the appeal for me is that many things I read these days solve problems I haven't encountered which makes me sometimes wonder If I'm not just doing certain things because I read about them rather than because they actually are useful/solve an issue.|
However, a downside, is that it may be an enormous waste of time and be almost impossible with little to no benefit. What do you think?
And do you believe there is a threshold (in difficulty, complexity...) at which point it isn't advisable? (An interpreter could be before or after that threshold)
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