It's easy to get caught in the cycle of programming language acquisition or library re-implentation circuit. I'm here to propose a better way for spending our programming time to create more useful projects, and to become more versatile programmers.
Sometimes the urge to write strikes you, and you have to take that opportunity when its there. It won't always pan out. But thats expected.
Sometimes we find relief in life's nuances... simply because they are predictable when nothing else can be relied upon. Part two of Zen and the Art of Teaching English Poorly.
Chapter one of Zen and the Art of Teaching English Poorly. On beginnings.
The third segment of The Art of Teaching English Poorly. No more stellar than the first two, probably a bit worse, in-fact. Reflections on the people around the protagonist on a shuttle bus towards an airport.
This is the new home of an old entry from the now defunct original incarnation of *Irrational Exuberance*. These entries are almost two years old, and haven't necessarily aged well, but maybe that's a good thing. This article was written in response to a topical outcry on the value of computer science. What can I say, I was young back then.
Looking at the Life articles, I realize that the last entry I wrote for it was also about blogging. Woops. Not trying to fixate, just getting the years blogging thoughts out of the way on a cold Saturday. As a bonus I actually edited an article for once.
This is my advice to programmers in college. It touches on graduate school, personal projects, maintaining a blog and portfolio, as well as positioning yourself for the type of career you're interested in.
This is the new home of an old entry from the now defunct original incarnation of *Irrational Exuberance*. These entries are almost two years old, and haven't necessarily aged well, but maybe that's a good thing. This was my first written thoughts on using Django. Kind of funny to look back on them years later.
Are you the best programmer in your project group? Are you a solitary contract developer? When the curtail starts falling, do you know you'll be the one who'll carry the project or be the last one crushed by its weight? Well, then I guess you're a Local Maximum. Congratulations, and my condolences.
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