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Hardi

In building any program, I wish I had spent more time thinking about the problem and its solution first before writing any code. Back then, I would eagerly jumped into writing code although the problem and solution were still iffy to me.

Somebody (can't remember who) said that "if you can't solve the problem by hand, then you can't solve the problem by code", and that holds true to me. This might sound obvious to many people, but it wasn't to me back then :P.