Monthly Archives: February 2009

Excel Evils

By | February 22, 2009

I’m a big fan of using the best tool for the job. The old adage that says when you only have a hammer everything looks like a nail explains why so many people use Excel for tasks beyond its capabilities. This article provides some facts for what I’ve been seeing anecdotally for years. “Spreadsheet errors… Read More »

The Lazy Programmer: Introduction

By | February 22, 2009

la⋅zy adjective 1. averse or disinclined to work, activity, or exertion; indolent. 2. causing idleness or indolence: a hot, lazy afternoon. 3. slow-moving; sluggish: a lazy stream. 4. (of a livestock brand) placed on its side instead of upright. Nowhere in the definition above does it mention anything about a disinclination to think. In my… Read More »

Hello World

By | February 22, 2009

The typical starter blog post. I went through many names before finding “The Pensive Programmer.” It’s quite annoying the number of abandoned blogs out there that are occupying many good names. So what is this blog about? First, I plan to write about my ideas on anything and everything that has to do with the… Read More »