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Issue 13

The late summer edition starts with three meta articles about software development. Hands out three cool small sharp command line tools, and links to the origins of hacker culture in the electronic age.

Food For Thought

"Make the easy things easy and the hard things possible."

Programming Perl, 2nd Edition (1996), by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen and Randal Schwartz


This week, I want to share some interesting meta articles about programming. First one is discussing fastness of software, taking Photoshop as bad and Sketch, Figma as good examples. The second is about how to reclaim the big ball of mud, in other words, discussing how to reclaim unreasonable software code. Small, sharp, tools, is resurfacing the Unix programming rules: Rule of Modularity, Rule of Composition, Rule of Parsimony.

Command line

Programming should be fun. Wuzz is a command line tool which allows you to test your API in a TUI (terminal user interface). Dstat is my swiss army knife when looking for bottlenecks of resource utilization in data pipelines. And sc-im is a spreadsheet program as a TUI, for more complex back-of-the-envelope calculations.


Hackers - Wizards of the Electronic Age is a short documentary about the worlds-first hacker conference, featuring Richard Stallman and Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, and lots of other OGs, e.g. showcasing the MacOS desktop switcher hack. A must see. The second link features the first two chapters of the complementary book "Hackers, Heroes of the Computer Revolution" by Stephen Levy. What's the latest with programming? I found the Future of Coding podcast which features interesting topics, such as The Aesthetics of Programming Tools, experimental programming prototypes etc.

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