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Can we please do useful things with software?

If you need a job, you need a job, and as long as you’re not doing something you consider unethical or immoral you do what you need to to get by. But if you have the opportunity, why not also do something useful, something that makes the world better?

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Learning at work - Julia Evans

Learning at work

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12 Vim Tips

This compilation of Vim tips is repost of some intermediate to advanced Vim tips I've found interesting

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Vim: you don't need NERDtree or (maybe) netrw | George Ornbo

Vim's netrw file browser is good enough. With a few tweaks there is no need for plugin like NERDtree. For many tasks you may not even need netrw.

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What Google AMP means for the JavaScript community · molily

Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages project (AMP) focuses current conflicts on the web like a lense: The mobile revolution, trustworthy and sustainable journalism, advertising and content monetarization, web standardization, web performance and tech industry monopolies.

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Vim After 11 Years - Ian Langworth’s Things of Variable Interest

Recently, someone noticed a plugin I was using and said, “I had no idea Vim could do that. You should teach me all of these tricks someday.” A fine suggestion, indeed, and that day is today.

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Unconventional way of learning a new programming language

There are more than 500 programming languages. Hence, it’s pretty normal for you to start learning a new programming language today. It’s possible that you know…

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Complexity and Strategy

I struggled with how to think about complexity through much of my career, especially during the ten years I spent leading Office development. Modeling complexity impacted how we planned major releases, our technical strategy as we moved to new platforms, how we thought about the impact of new technologies, how we competed with Google Apps, how we thought about open source and throughout “frank and open” discussions with Bill Gates on our long term technical strategy for building the Office applications.

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Thinking of the next developer

Over the last year, I've ended up on four projects that were started prior to my arrival. This isn't uncommon; more often than not throughout any career in development, you'll find that you're spending a lot of time trying to understand someone else's code. It may have been written a few days ago, and it may have been written years ago. The original author may still be on-hand to talk you through it, or they may have moved on. But regardless of the circumstances, you will often find yourself spending time figuring out what a codebase you're looking at is doing, and why.

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The Idea of Lisp

LISP. It conjures up visions of a bygone age of computers the size of refrigerators, ALL CAPS CODE, and parentheses. Oh! so many parentheses! So why is Object-Oriented Programming's creator so enamored with the idea of Lisp? And what can he mean by a programming language being an idea anyway? Should I blame my Computer Science education for not teaching it to me?

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Just starting out? Ditch the “full stack developer” label

The vagueness and confusion around the phrase “full stack developer” has been lingering for years. Google it and you’ll find plenty of discussion about why it’s such a loaded term. Given that long-standing vagueness, labelling yourself as “full stack” might be doing you more harm than good, especially if you’re just starting out.

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Why I Left Gulp and Grunt for npm Scripts

I know what you’re thinking. WAT?! Didn’t Gulp just kill Grunt? Why can’t we just be content for a few minutes here in JavaScript land? I hear ya, but…

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Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule

One reason programmers dislike meetings so much is that they're on a different type of schedule from other people. Meetings cost them more.

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Clean Code concepts adapted for JavaScript

Software engineering principles, from Robert C. Martin's book Clean Code, adapted for JavaScript. This is not a style guide. It's a guide to producing readable, reusable, and refactorable software in JavaScript.

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Dear JavaScript, – Medium

I wanted to talk to you about a problem in our community that we need to address. I’ve contributed to a number of open source projects in this community (Babel, Flow, Yarn, Lerna, etc.). As a maintainer of these popular projects, I’ve experienced some of the best this community has to offer, as well as some of the worst.

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