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Subject: Re: Singular extensions

Author: Don Dailey

Date: 11:37:28 01/09/98

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>I hate having the feeling that those who have a better way of doing it,
>but don't post, might be laughing at my primitive techniques this time.
>Of course, if I happen to post something good they will go "ooh" and
>immediately start coding.

Hi bruce,

I think we've all felt that at one time or another.  It's really easy
to miss some fine point that seems obvious to another.  9 times out
of 10 it's only obvious once you know about it!

I've been embarassed myself when I present what I thought was a good
idea and suddenly someone makes you feel stupid because everyone else
is already doing something like it but better!   But I've learned
quite a bit by doing this so I just let it all hang out now!

I've noticed a few posts from "newcommers" trying to write their
first or (early) chess programs.  They are struggling with things
we've solved/learned over the years.  In a couple years they will
be beating us!

My feeling is that sharing the ideas is best for everyone (you too),
even if you're trying to remain competitive.  Someone will let you
know most of time if something better is around and they will be
more likely to contribute themselves.

Well, I have to go now, I need to implement your checkmate idea ...

- Don

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