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Managing Software Engineers – Philip Greenspun 2002

Managing Software Engineers – Philip Greenspun 2002 I submitted this article a long time to reddit, and it still has lots of great advice in it. Some great quotes in there: Negative reinforcement can work if the organization is extremely tightly managed, if the consequences are small and immediate (usuallyRead More

About Workplace Anarchy

The blog of Guile co-maintainer, Andy Wingo, has a series of blog posts detailing how the Igalia workers’ co-operative works: no master but that would be anarchy! time for money This is a very interesting subject as there are few workers’ co-operatives in existence…or maybe there are a lot ofRead More

Heilmeier’s Catechism

Heilmeier’s Catechism When George Heilmeier was the director of ARPA in the mid 1970s, he had a standard set of questions he expected every proposal for a new research program to answer. These have been called the Heilmeier Catechism. It’s a good exercise to answer these questions for an individualRead More

Django: dumping and loading databases

At work (Trapeze Media), we have this situation where we want to dump the database from the production servers so that we can work with that data on our local development machines. As part of an internal app (which another developer is working on open-sourcing parts of, UPDATE: the appRead More

Are coders worth it?

Are coders worth it? This salary is ridiculous: On Thursday night I got an unexpected email. It was a job offer, and these were the terms: $150,000 in salary, a $10,000 signing bonus, stock options, a free gym membership, excellent health and dental benefits, a new cellphone, and free lunchRead More

Tracking Progress and Learning From Top Performers

Tracking Progress and Learning From Top Performers Some nice quotes in here: if you want to improve your own performance, you need to hang around people who are top performers. If you want to be a better student, scholar, scientist, entrepreneur, or whatever, then surround yourself with the best peopleRead More

Trying out PyCharm python IDE

I got a 30-day free trial copy of pycharm, and it’s pretty amazing so far. I’m usually an emacs user but I’ve struggled with making things easier in terms of testing and deployment. At work I’m running emacs and a console with multiple tabs just to be able to developRead More