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Slinging Advice and Where I Come From With It

 9. September 2018

so, i’m out there slinging advice about how to change the world of being a professional programmer. maybe y’all need to hear some things about that, that might not have occurred to you.

1 i am just some schmoe. i am having a successful life in the world of geekery. there are a host of causes for that, among them my dumb luck, and also among them the way i approach and enact the work. i like to talk about this, so i do.

2 to think of me as either lawgiver or wannabe lawgiver, would be to put me in a role i explicitly renounce. i am not an anointed representative of anything. prolly not even of me.

3 i am not trying to solve programming. i mean “solve” in the sense of provide any sort of final case-closing proof that one thing is the right thing. i’m not trying to do that because i don’t believe it.

4 if what you are doing is working well for you and those around you, i don’t think you should take my advice, except for one recommendation i bet you can live with: make small changes to your way, as a routine, to keep your ideas fresh and re-test them against your experience.

5 giving advice, like i do, serves several goals of mine. the two people are most curious about are probably these…

6) the advice i give is almost entirely a) to the modal of the bell curve, and b) based in the trade as it exists right now, c) deeply infused with a belief that the use of individual judgment is of paramount importance. that’s all.

i just wanted you to know where i’m coming from.