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Dogmatic paradigmatism

First, you put all of your faith in structured programming, and you got burned. You found it hard to associate the operations in your software with the data upon which they act, and to make sure that the expectations made on the data in one place are satisfied when that data has been modified in […]

In which I interview so you don’t have to

Describing job interviews for technical roles in the software industry to people who have left or have always been outside the software industry requires two things: patience on the part of the one doing the describing, and the ability for the listener to take a joke. Over the last twelve years I have taken countless […]

Turn it off and back on again

I’m now six months into what I expected to be about a year out of working in technology, and I’m starting to think about what comes next and trying to make it happen. The difficulty I have is that it’s hard to explain what I’m looking for in a way that makes sense to those […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Week three

This is both an international and a hyper-local update. I say international, although I’m still in an airport less than twenty miles from my house. I’m on my way to Florence, to talk about *-oriented programming at Pragma Conference 2015. It’ll be fun to catch up with friends in a new city, and close the […]

Week Two

As week one featured an observation of how post-work life was similar to working life, this week’s post is a catalogue of differences. Not all of these differences are huge. No watch I own five watches (three wrist, two pocket) but have only worn one once in the last two weeks. Most of the time, […]