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New book: APPosite Concerns

Back when I published APPropriate Behaviour, I expected it to be the first in a trilogy. Today, the second part, APPosite Concerns, is available. APPosite Concerns is a compendium of posts from this blog, going back over the current decade. The main topics covered are being a programmer, designing software, thinking about software and computer […]

Clown Trousers

An indirect side effect of stopping programming is that none of my trousers fit any more. People who like to explain things before they have all the facts (or “programmers” as we sometimes call them) will justify this observation by pointing out that I have more time for exercise now. I do, but I don’t […]

New project: a dance a day

Starting tomorrow, A Dance A Day will, as its name suggests, feature a new dance tune every day, mostly taken from the English country dance tradition.

The Principled Programmer

[Note: this post represents the notes made for my talk at iOS Dev UK 2014. As far as I’m aware, the talk isn’t available on the tubes.] The Principled Programmer The first thing to be aware of is that this post is not about my principles. It’s sort-of about your principles, in a way. On […]

Selectively caring

When Choose Boring Technology was published earlier this year, it hit home for me. If you’re spending money trying to ship, say, a music notation app, there’s no point in rewriting the operating system scheduler. Let’s say every company gets about three innovation tokens. You can spend these however you want, but the supply is […]

Week Seven

Having spent a few weeks trying all of the things and letting life happen, this week was about selection and focus. What should I actually concentrate on, and put energy into? It’s time to add some structure to this situation. Dropping all of the things and taking life as it comes was relaxing, enjoyable, and […]

Week six

This is a post about marmalade. A “life hack”, if you will, that I learnt from Simon Stewart is to find things that I don’t do because I don’t like them, or think I don’t like them, and to do them. Do them again. Find out whether there’s anything to like about them, whether I […]

Week five

“You look so much happier!” I get the best compliments. Also, I feel so much happier. I have put people, friendships, connections, and experiences first, and am taking advantage of the rewards. One such experience was a visit a couple of further education (16-18 years old) computing classes in my county. I was mostly there […]

Week four

Pragma conf was a lot of fun! I met loads of new and old friends, which led to meaningful conversations about what we do, what we sometimes feel we should do, and what we want to do. One such conversation, with Chris Eidhof, was about how we think about programming. It was brought to mind […]

Staying power

You would imagine that by now I would have come to realise how long my attention span is and worked to find projects that fit within it, but no. This is one of the changes I need to make soon. So often I start a project really excited by it, but am really excited by […]