2019-09-20 21.09.51

Performance and Working Fast

I think the reason I don't work fast anymore is because the code I write and any other actions I take for work cause ripples that effect a whole lot more people now than they did 10 years ago. I have to be conscious of this (at least I assume I do, or should be).

I often wish that software developers were criminally liable for the code they write. I have disdain for this way of working. It’s reckless.

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Programming, Code, Coding, Programmer, Javascript

Learning to Code is Damn Hard

Why Learning to Code is So Damn Hard (Thinkful)

...for the most part, ... introductory tools do a great job of guiding you like a child in a crosswalk past the big scary variables and conditional statements and through the early phases of programming syntax. As you conquer one after another of their gamified challenges, your confidence rises. Maybe you can do this after all! How hard can it be? You're basically a developer already!

I've written code since I was about 13 (1980). First BASIC, then later Pascal, assembler, C, C++, Perl, Java, PHP etc. Back in the 1980s, everyone was self-taught. You either figured it out or you didn't. No Google. No online tutorials. Learning a new language -- the basic syntax etc -- takes time is you've…

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Encouraging learning

Am I Doing Homeschooling Right? January 8, 2015 In Hacking School (John Saddington)

I want my daughter to experience life in a much larger and broader sense. And, I want to invite her to see how her father works and the people that he meets and the things that he gets to do in an environment that is creative and open.

John's post struck a chord with me. No, I'm not homeschooling my kids. But the photos of Roenne sitting at the MacBook with her over-sized headphones suddenly had me thinking about my daughter, Kiran. She has suddenly discovered she likes programming. This from a child who told me on many occasions when I tried to…

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The Developer's Dystopian Future

The Developer's Dystopian Future by Ed FinklerEd Finkler (the-pastry-box-project.net)

I think about how I used to fill my time with coding. So much coding. I was willing to dive so deep into a library or framework or technology to learn it.

My tolerance for learning curves grows smaller every day. New technologies, once exciting for the sake of newness, now seem like hassles. I’m less and less tolerant of hokey marketing filled with superlatives. I value stability and clarity.

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I’m scared that either the job “web developer” is outpacing me, or my skills are atrophying.

Marco Arment links to developer Ed Finkler who is ageing and finding that keeping up with every flashy shiny new language and development framework is just exhausting and no longer interesting. I’m almost 48 — Marco and Ed are most likely much younger — and as a former1 web developer I’m already living into my…

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Programming, Code, Coding, Programmer, Javascript

Hack Isn’t PHP

[exif id="31380"] Yesterday, Facebook announced Hack, a new language that also runs on HHVM. It’s like a “PHP++” — it adds optional static typing, generics, and a bunch of other enhancements and conveniences to PHP. Unlike HHVM, adopting Hack is a huge risk. HHVM was great because you could switch to it and switch away…

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