This evening I wrote a quick script whilst I was waiting for my dinner to arrive. It was a lovely Indian from a place close to me in Hammersmith, since you asked.
The script does something that not a lot of people will want or care about, it performs an incredibly simple job that you could easily argue I shouldn’t care about, and it was written without too much care or consideration.
That all being said I still love it, and it reminded me why I love programming.
Like the “Hello World” examples we all loved writing when learning our first languages this was a script that at all stages gave me immediate feedback – I could see things taking shape right before my eyes.
Even though I prefaced this article by saying not a lot of people will want or care about this script, I feel like I have taken something and made a small part of it better. Chances are 1 other people in the world will agree and I have been able to contribute to adding value.
The script relies on the fact you can easily send email from the command line in most *Nix systems. This meant I didn’t have to do any heavy lifting with networking.
It also is ran from an interface introduced by Bash. I haven’t hard to package up this program or compile it for it to be executable or runnable.
I Learned Something
Actually I learned several things.
- How the
<<-HEREDOCsyntax in Bash can only have text within it spaced with tabs, indenting with spaces doesn’t work
- When writing README.md files in Github you can reference images in your repository without needing a full URL or for them to be uploaded to a third party service.
I freaking love learning stuff, even if it is seemingly trivial or stuff that it feels like I may never need again.
The script lets me update Little Logs from the command line.