- The obsession for efficiency is killing productivity: working on multiple projects at once involves context-switching which decreases productivity, all in the pursuit of some imaginary efficiency
- BBC’s Computer Literacy Archive: check out an archive of BASIC and BBC Microcomputer system info
- Testing your code, verifying method arguments: reduce the brittleness of your unit tests by testing for specific method arguments and leaving all others to be any value. I’ve encountered this a few times where the other parameters of a method didn’t need to be tested and resulted in finding/replacing in multiple files to fix tests due to the brittleness.
- Problems with Udemy? Udemy may have been a good platform at first, but according to this video, it’s full of low-cost and low-quality video courses. It would be nice to see Creative Commons-licensed video courses that people could donate/pay for.
- Startup Interviewing is Fucked according to Zach Holman (former GitHub engineer):
Certainly there are some jobs where being extremely performant and algorithmically “correct” are legitimate to interview against. But look around: how many small, less-than-50-person startups are doing work like that? The dirty secret is most startups for the first few years are glorified CRUD apps, and finding well-rounded and diverse people who can have the biggest impact tend to be the ones who are comfortable wearing a lot of hats.
Bonus link! Digital Proudhonism:
The maker movement is one prominent translation of Digital Proudhonism into a challenge to the contemporary organization of production, with allegedly radical effects on politics and economics. With the advent of new production technologies, such as 3D printers and digital design tools, “makers” can take the democratizing promise of the digital commons into the physical world. Just as digital technology supposedly distributes the means of production of culture across a wider segment of the population, so too will it spread manufacturing blueprints, blowing apart the restrictions of patents the same way Napster tore copyright asunder.
Fedora and Emacs and Perl!
Fedora 25 beta is out, Emacs 25 is out now as well. Perl 6 is definitely in a usable state, in fact I wrote an article on using Perl 6 to work with JSON objects and to show off the object oriented-ness of the language.
I attended LinuxCon and volunteered at the Free Software Foundation booth. I will have the slides up soon that I presented on in the office to fellow coworkers hoping to encourage them to consider the importance of free/libre and open source software and how it affects our everyday software development work. The easiest example to work with is having to pay license fees for every server and laptop running all the databases and libraries we use. Not only paying license fees but being limited from patching the underlying code we need to run our services.
Click here to view some of the videos from LinuxCon.
Cory Doctorow Keynote
Cory Doctorow gave a great keynote at LinuxCon as well. The EFF is aiming to dismantle the DMCA Digital Millenium Copyright Act, they’re challenging the sections having to do with removing DRM. Highly important as some of us would love to be able to use any device to read the books we own and watch movies on any device.
Latest issue of LinuxVoice #31 is also out and it has a great round up of social networking software. They recommend a few packages I hadn’t heard of like Elgg and Oxwall, and they do give a mention of Diaspora which is still going strong and in active development.
2600 Hacker Quarterly, Autumn 2016
Also out is the issue of 2600 The Hacker Quarterly which is awesome, what I am most excited about are the conference videos from the HOPE (Hackers On Planet Earth) conference. Can’t wait to buy them, they’re very cheap at 60 cents USD. The hacker spirit within the magazine’s articles shines through and it is always encouraging to see people who are exploring the constraints and limitations of systems and also offering advice on how to protect yourself while on the Internet.
Continue reading “What’s new”
Every week in the weekly roundup we list a few links and news stories that are interesting to software development professionals who are interested in free/open source software or the software development industry.
- Free book on software engineering, full of good war stories about developing Java applications at a company called Lifelock
- Zulip, a free/open source competitor to Slack and HipChat, very featureful group chat
- “Some astonishing truths about ‘job hopping’, and why the stigma is evil.”, an essay about job hopping and how it’s not much of an issue any more for software developers.
- “Why Schools Should Exclusively Use Free Software”, an essay about using free/open source software in schools and how free/open source teaches students to be capable, strong and independent.