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Book review: Darwinia
Reviewed: Friday, August 11, 2006

Summer reading: Spin
Reviewed: Saturday, August 5, 2006

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the Omnivoire's Delimma
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the Golem's Eye
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We're all better than we think
Friday, February 3, 2006

Brian Mastenbrook points out that most code isn't nearly as bad or as unmaintainable as the original author thinks.

They feel the code is not ready for public distribution because it's not good enough. No code is, once it's subjected to real users and their requirements. The adaptability of the codebase is what matters.

and also mentions that good testing and interactive debugging facilities make maintenance much more feasible -- the break loop is such a win!

I try to leave my ego at the door (which isn't easy because I sometimes have the self esteem of a gnat and my ego seems like the only thing keeping me upright!) because it's easy to make mistakes (and if you're not making them, you're probably not doing anything very interesting or challenging for yourself).

I think it's important to remind ourselves that we're more than what we do, to breath, to laugh and to enjoy life and Lisp.

(I'm also going to congratulate myself in advance for remembering to flick the switch that stops the brackets from getting quoted before I post this and notice -- or worse, have someone else notice -- that I screwed up... again!)


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