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A Word Cookies Worksheet App

My girlfriend and I like to play a word-search game called Word Cookies!®, by BitMango. The game presents a collection of letters and an empty list of words of various lengths. It’s your job to assemble the available letters into … Continue reading

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Musings about Version Control (and other development tools)

Today, I had a conversation with a small company that doesn’t use version control. It’s hard to remember what it was like before version control. I know I did get started in a world without it. When I started in … Continue reading

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State-of-the-Art Computer Folklore (part 5)

This is part 5 in my series of how the Mac reminded me why I fell in love with software development, and why it still matters. While reading Andy Hertzfeld’s anecdotes (and those of his colleagues) of designing the original … Continue reading

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State-of-the-Art Computer Folklore (part 2)

This is part 2 in my series of how the Mac reminded me why I fell in love with software development, and why it still matters. While reading Andy Hertzfeld’s anecdotes (and those of his colleagues) of designing the original … Continue reading

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State-of-the-Art Computer Folklore

A couple weeks ago, I was reading through Andy Hertzfeld’s anecdotes at FolkLore.org, about how he and his colleagues developed the original Macintosh. These stories brought me back, first to nostalgic times, then to a nostalgic purpose. I remembered all … Continue reading

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Depression and the Software Developer: The Last Straw (Conclusion)

Another part of this series of posts, “Depression and the Software Developer.” This latest story I started on Monday, part 4 of “Depression and the Software Developer”. [Note: You can read the story from the beginning in order to catch … Continue reading

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Depression and the Software Developer: The Last Straw

Here’s a story I’ve been keeping on the back burner for almost a year now. I haven’t published it until now, because it still hit too close to home. But this week, I’ve scheduled an interview with Sharon Cathcart, author … Continue reading

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Depression and the Software Developer (part 3)

(This is a continuation from part 2 of “Depression and the Software Developer”.) [Note: This is a recounting of an experience from several years ago. Read the story from the beginning in order to catch up.] According to psychologist Joe … Continue reading

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Depression and the Software Developer (part 2)

(This is a continuation from part 1 of “Depression and the Software Developer”.) If one of the most powerful weapons against depression is hope, one of its most powerful fuels is hopelessness. I attacked my next job with gusto and … Continue reading

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Software Bugs, Crawling Everywhere

Software developers have a wonderful explanation for why there are so, so many software bugs. Unfortunately, it’s a highly technical explanation that’s very difficult for the layman to understand. I’ll try to summarize, but be aware that the following is … Continue reading

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