Category: Book

Make the paragraph the unit of code composition

In this post I discuss similarities between coding and writing prose; then deduce a coding style guideline. A colleague has recently sent me a code snippet and asked if there was any way to improve it. The snippet pretty much consisted of a single screen-long screen-wide LINQ statement1.  Long chains of calls are bread-and-butter of LINQ, […]

Favorite books: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Finished reading “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values” by Robert M. Pirsig (Goodreads, Amazon). It’s amazing. Recommended. I suppose you could call that a personality. Each machine has its own, unique personality which probably could be defined as the intuitive sum total of everything you know and feel about it. […]

Favorite books: Three men in a boat

Probably the funniest book ever written.  Is in public domain. How good one feels when one is full — how satisfied with ourselves and with the world! People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and […]

Mastery is a mindset

Mastery is a mindset. According to Dweck, people can hold two different views of their own intelligence. Those who have an “entity theory” believe that intelligence is just that — an entity. It exists within us, in a finite supply that we cannot increase. Those who subscribe to an “incremental theory” take a different view. […]

Why meditation didn’t work for me

Tried practicing regular meditations after reading “Search Inside Yourself”, but couldn’t get into the habit. Upon further reflection I realized that I use practices similar to mindfulness meditation as part of my everyday work process, and that’s why I may not feel the value of the dedicated meditation time aside. Mindfulness meditation is all about […]