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Practice Makes Programmers

By Simon St. Laurent
June 19, 2013

Programming gets easier and easier as you do more of it. Languages and logic become familiar, in ways that extend from looking up less and less all the way to muscle memory in your typing. The first few iterations in …

Who's using your API?

By Bruno Pedro
March 10, 2013

"Who's using your API" was the title of my presentation at the API Strategy & Practice Conference that happened on February 21 and 22, 2013 in New York City. One of the conference takeaways was the concern that almost everybody...

Teamwork: It's About Trust, Not A Technique

By Andrew Stellman
March 6, 2010

Building a great software team requires more than just a good tool, technology, or technique. That's something we learned time and again from the many brilliant people who contributed to Beautiful Teams (O'Reilly, 2009). It's an idea that seems to really fascinate people: that when a team build great software, even the right programming tools or best practices, solid processes or methodologies can't make up for a team that doesn't start with trust and respect (not to mention skill, talent and good ideas).

Who Decides?

By Amy Blankenship
May 3, 2009

In my last blog post, I discussed a CSS trick I recently discovered. That post spawned a lot of comments, and at one point in the discussion I stated that I felt that just because a technique is popular and has been put forward by one or more resources as best practice, that it doesn't necessarily make that technique better practice than a new practice I (or any developer really) might come up with. The question was asked, "where do best practices come from?" ...I think any developer, consumer, or citizen has the right to put in the research time to study what current practices are and the reasons for them and put forward alternatives that can be considered for adoption as best practices.


By Simon St. Laurent
January 1, 2009

My New Year's Resolution for this year is simple: practice. You don't have to achieve (or even aim for) total mastery for the practice to be worthwhile.

Hard Work and Practice in Programming

By Tim O'Reilly
December 20, 2008

At the Program For the Future event commemorating the 40th anniversary of Doug Englebart's "mother of all demos" in 1968, I was privileged to hear an inspired rant by Alan Kay about the unwillingness of people to work hard to learn new skills. I'm quoting from memory, so the lines below are not exact, and there's no way I can...

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