Trade Collapse Begins?

I’ve oft mentioned how the twin cost-revolutions in geekery warped & nearly destroyed our trade. Then wondered if we’ll get to a place where it’s no longer profitable for most companies to write bad software poorly. This morning I wonder if I’m seeing the beginning of it. I don’t have any facts & figures for you. But it feels like I’m seeing more and more companies wonder if the gravy train’s caboose will soon pass the station. It won’t happen …

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Robot Worlds E04: Yes, Commander!

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Robot Worlds

Robot Worlds: End-to-End-ish Time to flesh out at least one of those ends we got from last time! If you want to follow along, the repo is at https://github.com/GeePawHill/robot-worlds. Transcript and captions coming soon . . .

On Not Knowing

When I was a wee lad, 28, 29, 30, I knew the C Windows API by heart. I had, in my bathroom, both the technical docs and a copy of Petzold, and I knew it cold, stone cold. Every one of the ~500 calls, all of the arguments, and for most of them, the order of the arguments. I was a good programmer because I was a terrific memorist: I could learn things by heart, and I could organize them …

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Robot Worlds E03: End-to-End-ish

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Robot Worlds

Robot Worlds: End-to-End-ish Let’s get ourselves a first crude end-to-end test running. If you want to follow along, the repo is at https://github.com/GeePawHill/robot-worlds. Transcript and captions coming soon . . .

Robot Worlds E02: Sockets & A Spike

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Robot Worlds

Robot Worlds: Sockets & A Spike In this round, we get to some code, but it’s "special" code, because it’s in a spike. What’s a spike? Watch and see! If you want to follow along, the repo is at https://github.com/GeePawHill/robot-worlds. Transcript and captions coming soon . . .

Robot Worlds E01: Getting Started

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Robot Worlds

Robot Worlds: Getting Started Welcome to the new Robot Worlds project! My friends at We Think Code have cooked up a nice little problem for their students, a client/server version of a simple robot worlds simulation. This new series isn’t a solution video, not exactly: but it’s intended as an example of how a cranky old geek like myself gets a spec and starts plugging away at it. Though this is a series for students, it’s not about the syntax …

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The Shadows of Software Design

On the cover of Hofstadter’s famous Godel, Escher, and Bach, there’s a photo of an artifact he made, called a "trip-let". The trip-let, when lit from three different angles, produces shadows that spell out "G", "E", and "B". Let’s talk about software design. Before we dig in: I love to think & talk about geekery, but it’s comfort food, not my most important story. Take a break, enjoy this thread, but please stay in the larger game with me, which …

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Me, Gary, and TDD

True story: Eighteen or so years ago, I had a gig rolling code at an engineering company. We were writing a windows app using Microsoft Foundation Classes to drive a TTY interface to a box of various radio hardware junk. I was gigged in by a guy I’d taught a c;ass (in MFC) to, because he liked that I knew my shit, and he loved that I spoke openly about joy, right in the classroom. right in front of God …

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MMMSS – The Pin-Making Floptimization

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Many Much More Smaller Steps

In our efforts to optimize the Many More Much Smaller Steps (MMMSS) path, we’ve tried and rejected the "shortest-distance" floptimization. Today, let’s take up the "pin-making" floptimization, in which we create specialists, stations, and hand-offs. Many More Much Smaller Steps – First Sketch | GeePawHill.org The first plank of my take on fixing the trade is MMMSS: If you want more value faster, take Many More Much Smaller Steps. Today I want to start laying this out for folks. This …

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