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Why I’m leaving twitter

In theory, Twitter is the only social media platform preserving the open, democratic, and free spirit envisioned by early internet pioneers. In practice, it has become nothing more than another commodity to be used by the unscrupulous and exploitative. How you might feel about Donald Trump is one thing. It’s another thing altogether how Russian bots are actively exploiting Twitter to fire political division and chaos. Another less nefarious, but dissatisfying, trend on Twitter is its additional advertising focus which has recently resulted in Twitter’s first quarterly profit.

I’m out.

Great Software Engineering Quotes

Screenshot from 2018-01-12 10-42-04I’m (of course) a big fan of software engineering quotes and I recently discovered that QuoteFancy is a site with decent looking desktop wallpapers of quotes from a number of software professionals including Alan Perlis, Donald Knuth, and David Parnas. Here’s some links to quotes by these and other interesting people:

https://quotefancy.com/donald-knuth-quotes
https://quotefancy.com/alan-perlis-quotes
https://quotefancy.com/david-parnas-quotes
https://quotefancy.com/steve-jobs-quotes
https://quotefancy.com/bill-gates-quotes
https://quotefancy.com/alan-turing-quoes
https://quotefancy.com/paul-graham-quotes
https://quotefancy.com/joel-spolsky-quotes
https://quotefancy.com/martin-fowler-quotes

Send me some other ideas for people to look up on this site with software-engineering-related quotes?

I’m writing a book!

The working title for now is Everyone is Doing it Wrong: Essays from an opinionated software engineer.



…from the book

WHY DOES SOFTWARE SUCK?
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Users don’t like software, but the software engineers who make software hate it even more. Reddit forums are full of angry software engineers. Meetups are full of them. Conferences. Blogs. Podcasts. You might wonder, why even write code at all?