I just wrote a tool to find duplicate JPEGs, and I’m happy.
Yet, it was the best thing I did in the last few months. These 200 lines of code helped me cross out a handful of items off my to-try list. I learned about perceptual hashes and BK-trees. I finally got my hands dirty with some famous Rust crates: walkdir, anyhow, and rayon. And I had fun the entire time.
That’s how I learned to program, actually. I built a lot of junk: a password generator, an IRC bot, some scripts for my chat client, a little database to manage my DVDs… These days, it’s different: I work on a handful of big-ish projects, and usually go for depth, not breadth. And so my to-try list keeps growing, making me feel like I’m missing out.
Building inconsequential stuff is the fastest way to shrink that list.
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