AboutCoding for 30+ years, I started with Commodore BASIC. Ed is the standard text editor.
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Just read this in a blog post by Jon Arundel, I think he's spot on:
"Programmers are incurable optimists: we always think our code will work, despite much evidence to the contrary."7
The Mac Studio with 128 GB integrated memory looks very interesting, I could finally run a third Electron app next to Slack and Spotify.6
DevRant truth: as a white man in my 40s, the only socially accepted (and taught when I was younger) coping mechanisms are smoking and drinking too much and other questionable life choices.
What I tell everyone else: I go for a walk and then do some mindfulness practice.5
One thing I've learned repeatedly over the last 20 years is that companies are generally not deserving of your loyalty.
By all means, show up, apply yourself, and do your best work, that's just being a professional. But never get emotionally invested in a company you don't own.
There are really only two reasons for staying: earning or learning, ideally both. Once you have exhausted your current employer's limits in this regard, move on, you don't owe them anything.3
A story about the shittiest boss I ever had.
We were a consulting company, I was leading the dev team. We're on the phone with a client who needs a change to the software we're maintaining for them.
Boss (mouthes at me): How long?
I (hold up 3 fingers, mouth back): 3 days
Boss (to client): You have it by tomorrow. *hangs up*
I: What the actual fuck?
Boss: You said 3 days, 3 times 8h is 24h, better order some pizza and Red Bulls for your guys.
He pulled stunts like this all the time and yet genuinely seemed surprised when I quit.7
The two hardest things in software are naming things, cache invalidation, and avoiding off-by-one errors.2