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Max Kanat-Alexander
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Google, YouTube, Code Simplicity
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Hey everybody! Some really exciting news. I've written a new book, Understanding Software:

http://www.codesimplicity.com/post/understanding-software/

It's a collection of all my writings on software development and working in teams since the publication of Code Simplicity, the first book. It has information on the basic principles for programmers, working in teams, effective engineering productivity, and how to "suck less" with your software and as a programmer.

It's my hope that this book will help everybody in the world of software development be able to work better together, design simpler systems, and generally be happier as programmers. Let me know what you think when you read it. :-)

You can get it here on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Understanding-Software-Max-Kanat-Alexander-ebook/dp/B075V9S57B/

Or directly from the Publisher:
https://www.packtpub.com/business/understanding-software

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I’m all for stopping people from spreading hateful messages that attack people for their race, religion, country of origin, etc. It’s foul and harmful. But when you support laws against hate speech, you’re essentially trusting the government to make a…

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One of the qualities of an insane person is the inability to differentiate things that are different–to say that two things that are actually different are instead similar or identical. Consequently, insane people (or at least, evil people) tend to take…

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If you are angry now after the 2016 election, it is because there was a year-long news cycle that prepared one half of the country to be violently angry NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENED. If you don’t think this is true, you don’t have enough friends who were on…

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I find it amazing that we live in a world where it is so easy to directly hear what people are saying, to directly see places that are far away from you, and to get first-hand accounts from numerous individuals of what is happening, and yet people still…

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You know, once in a while I see people post about immigration into the US, or get unhappy about it, or something, and I wonder if they understand how immigration into the United States works. Here’s a reasonable summary here of ways to legally immigrate…

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The arena of politics is fraught for a lot of reasons. It’s the subject of power, a subject on which humanity as a group is pretty much insane, from a historical perspective. Very few people ask themselves why they want to be in power, assuming that power…

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Most of the time, things happen for a reason. Once in a while there are accidents, but when we have something of the scale and scope of something like a national election and how the media reports on it, it’s very unlikely that what you are looking at is…

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Hi hi. So, wow, politics! Apparently that’s a thing. But really, here’s what’s up: In the USA, there is only one major political party. It is called the Money And War Party. It has two faces: the Angry Party and the Sympathy Party. Both of these are…

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It is very easy to think of software development as being an entirely technical activity, where humans don’t really matter and everything is about the computer. However, the opposite is actually true. Software engineering is fundamentally a human…
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