Does a good farmer neglect a crop he has planted? Does a good teacher overlook even the most humble student? Does a good father allow a single child to starve? Does a good programmer refuse to maintain his code?
Had a great time today judging at today's +FIRST Tech Challenge tournament at the Webb school in Claremont. The next generation of talented and dedicated engineers is indeed alive and well, and wow are they a gracious and professional bunch of young women and men.
Wait, when did "Gets Shit Done" change from a hiring positive -- half of Joel's "Smart and Gets Things Done," which make perfect sense -- to a management style? Seems like pushing people to "just get shit done" as opposed to, you know, carefully considering what it is you're trying to do, is the best way to indeed not get anything done.
I spent a good chunk of yesterday implementing this. (Though not as nicely: I made a list of indices and exploded that inside of a boost::get in the termination case.) Wish I had seen this video earlier. Andrei's method is, per usual, better.
I wanted to say something about the great Richard Sachs being a hopeless retrogrouch, but then I realized that I feel the same way about software and its current "just npm/gem/etc. install whatever and cargo-cult your way to MVP!" thinking. (Then I realized that Sachs probably is a hopeless retrogrouch, and that's a good thing.)
Nothing stays the same. Dealing with change is now my full time job. When I look in the mirror, I often think, “It’s not you, it’s me.” So, for personal growth, do I get rid of me, or do I get rid of everything else? It's clear that some of my things ...
Favorite quote: "In a recent study of more than twenty-four hundred employees in Denmark, Jan Pejtersen and his colleagues found that as the number of people working in a single room went up, the number of employees who took sick leave increased apace. Workers in two-person offices took an average of fifty per cent more sick leave than those in single offices, while those who worked in fully open offices were out an average of sixty-two per cent more."