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Planning for the wrong kind of scale

Recently I wrote at length to my newsletter subscribers about some of the factors that went into my choice to move RubyTapas to a WordPress platform. Here’s a small excerpt from that letter: Programmers love solving problems. The corollary is that we also love making problems. When we’re faced with something which is obviously an old […]

A late-night rant about OOP and parametric dispatch

Update: this post was the product of an exhausted mind, and as such it misused terms, wasn’t well backed-up, and was generally incoherent. I’m withdrawing it until such time as I can articulate these ideas a little more competently. I’m leaving this note here just to explain the absence. Here, have a photo of a […]

The Inescapable Pragmatism of Procedures

Dr. Ben Maughan writes: At the moment I am rewriting some LaTeX notes into org mode to use in lecture slides. This involves several repetitive tasks, like converting a section heading like this

into this

Whenever I come across a problem like this, my first inclination is always to write a regular expression […]

Contempt as a sign of organizational incompetence

A few months back I wrote on my personal journal about how incompetently-written firmware in a VTech child’s camera led to my 5 year old daughter losing cherished memories. I also recorded their dismissive response to a flaw that would be considered recall-worthy in any camera made for adults. Sadly, there is a deeply ingrained […]

Are you smart enough to be a programmer?

I often talk to non-programmers who think I must have to be extraordinarily clever to be a software developer, and that they could never do it. In my experience, people often underestimate their own ability. I thought I’d write down some heuristics to help you determine if you have the brains it takes to be […]

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