The Wisdom of Crowds is one of the latest book I’ve read that got me thinking. The general idea of the book is now quite well-known: combining the decision of a great number of people can reach an optimal choice more reliably than relying on an expert. But there are also several examples that are worth mentioning.
Just finished the book “Coders at work” from Peter Seibel where he interviewed some of the most accomplished coders/programmers in the art/craft/engineering/science of programming.
I like the source code to look good, have uniform presentation, etc. Maybe I’m a bit particular, but I’m definitely not alone here: KWStyle is a great tool to check a number of files and signal the imperfections. This is especially valuable for project where several people are involved and all using different editors.
“Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n’y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n’y a plus rien à retrancher.”
Antoine de Saint Exupéry
(“It would seem that perfection is attained not when no more can be added, but when no more can be removed.“) Continue reading
That was in 2007, I was a bit frustrated with the Design Patterns book and was looking for more concrete examples. Design Patterns, from Gamma et al., is a great book, but required more experience than what I had at that time to get the proper understanding on when to use a given pattern.
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin
Finally I gave in to the netbook trend and got a Lenovo S10-2. I couldn’t get a linux version, but sure enough Debian was running on it few hours after unpacking.