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David J Prokopetz asks, “What’s the most asinine technical requirement you’ve ever had to deal with?” I don’t know if it qualifies as “asinine,” but one of the most idiotic requirements I ever ran into during an assignment was simply one about contracts, money, and paranoia about the GPL. It came down to this: in […]

30Aug

Status: Fixing The Buddha

Posted by Elf Sternberg as chat

I was cleaning up my Github repositories and trying to remove some things that aren’t relevant or are somewhat embarrassing. One of them is the "programming_rust" repository, which I made while I was going through the book but no longer need. (Technically, I didn’t need one but for the fact that I have a laptop […]

I’ve been reading Gerald Weinberg’s "The Psychology of Computer Programming," written in 1971 (!), which is considered something of a classic. It’s written as a textbook and meant to be used in a higher-level programming course for both programmers and their managers. Chapter one has some interesting passages. First, there are the potential HR violations. […]

I have a problem with the shiny. It’s the whole ADHD/Interictal thing interacting. There are so many things I want to learn and I haven’t got the time to learn all of them. Right now, I’m going back to a well I’ve gone to a number of times and dived deep into interpreters and… other […]

I’ve been doing poorly on my engineering notes recently, mostly because I haven’t been having many successes worth writing about. On the other hand, I did manage to get something working in Go. At work, we had a problem: We wanted to deploy CookieCutter, but we wanted it deployed as a service and we wanted […]

I wonder if cloud computing is turning software development into a worethless, even dangerous, parasite for our economy and our world. It’s common knowledge among economists that most of the financial sector just moves money around, taking a cut, without adding value. Various brokers and traders and "financial planners" are just salesmen who are there […]

So, I discovered a little miracle the other day. I’ve gone in heavily for Emacs org-mode, which is about 50% of what I want. It’s not terribly visible, and what I really want is something that is heavily web-enabled, but in the meantime it’s "good enough." Ever better, there’s a good Org Mode to-do manager […]

05Nov

“Huh. So UML is actually useful?”

Posted by Elf Sternberg as chat, Design

Since I’m generally opposed to giving Hacker News oxygen, I refuse to comment there on a recent question, Do You Still Use UML? As I’ve made clear, I have both anxiety and confidence about being an older developer in this world of high-tech startups and high-speed, high-burnout “only twentysomethings can do anything” world. Bloomberg the […]

29Oct

Will there ever be a Flying Shuttle for Software?

Posted by Elf Sternberg as chat

Fred Brooks once famously wrote that there was no silver bullet for software development. Once a project and its tooling were agreed upon, software development took the time that it took. Brooks’s insight was that software developers spend their days more or less at the limits of their intellectual capacity, and no amount of tooling […]

So, Spectrum IEEE has a “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” article claiming that in 2016 tech layoffs have been nasty and that in 2017 it’s going to get even nastier. This is one of many articles on this theme, but it’s a little disheartening to see it in Spectrum. Worse, none of […]


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