Monday, August 1, 2016

Small to Big

Currently I am working on modifying the Codehunt data extractor code to automatically find the location of the Codehunt user directory. However, I keep on running into issues. The code used for the data extractor is almost three hundred lines, but there are only about ten lines which are needed to find the path to the user directory. Unfortunately though those ten lines of code affect all the other three hundred lines. Such a small section is somehow creating a bigger problem than anything else, and this is a consistent trend which I have noticed throughout all of the research I have done this summer.

Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and Russian-born American computer scientist, once said "Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems", and after having working on this research for this summer I understand what he meant. The most difficult problems to solve involve the smaller details which you originally dont consider when you are making goals for your research, and these small details which you often ignore eventually snowball together to create a big problem. Eventually I will solve the current minor issue that I am dealing with but until then it will continue to have all my attention.