Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The best exercise for mountain climbing

I used to teach mountain climbing. People would ask, "What exercise should I do to strengthen myself for climbing?" There was only one answer: climbing itself. Other exercises (including going to the climbing gym) can help some, but don't give anything like the same benefit.

The same advice applies to programming, research, or any other activity. Go do it, and thoughtfully learn from your successes and failures, and you will get better at it.