Thursday, July 29, 2010

Vim baby steps

Yehuda Katz, one of the leading Ruby on Rails framework developers, has a great post on vim, a text editor for those who dream of hyper-productivity and don't mind a steep learning curve. If you're familiar with graphical editors such as Eclipse or TextMate and you're thinking of giving vim or emacs a try, read this. You'll find you're not alone.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Steve and Jerry

If you're aspiring to create software of your very own, something the world finds useful and you find fulfilling, read Steve McConnell's Code Complete. It's hefty, but full of good advice backed by research. I can't speak for the whole book yet. I'm on page 67 of nearly 900. But he's already convinced me that requirements are worth the time it takes to write them. So read it! You can thank me later.

Your second piece of unsolicited advice comes from Jerry Seinfeld: work on your project a little every day. I've tried the Big Bang work schedule, working from 9 - 1 AM once a week, and I've tried the Little Bangs work schedule, working from 9 - 10 PM every day possible. Little Bangs works much better. In my experience, they are more productive, more encouraging, less stressful, and less tiring. But don't take it from me. Take five minutes to read this, then get your little bit of work in today!