/Hillel Wayne

Clever Vs Insightful Code tl;dr: Hillel draws a distinction between clever code, which "conventional wisdom says is bad," and insightful code which finds a way of exploiting a problem to make code "faster, simpler, and safer," and is often necessary to make things work. Hillel highlights these with examples.

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A Brief Introduction To Esoteric Languages tl;dr: Includes (1) Brainfuck, the most famous Esoteric language with a compiler of 240 bytes, (2) Shakespeare, a language designed to look like a Shakespeare play, (3) Piet, a visual programming language in the truest sense: every Piet program is an executable picture.

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There's Always More History tl;dr: Hillel provides explanations around two historical questions: (1) Why Vim Uses hjkl (2) Why JavaScript months start from 0.

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Decision Table Patterns tl;dr: "This post will reintroduce the core ideas in a more formal way and then talk about some of the techniques you can apply to make better tables."

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Are We *Really* Engineers? (Video) tl;dr: Hillel talked to people who worked as both a software and a traditional engineer, learning 3 things: "we are in fact engineers, we’re not actually that different as a field, and there’s a lot we can both teach and learn."

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The Hard Part of Learning a Language tl;dr: A laundry list of things you need to know in order to start hacking in a new language. 

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10 Most(ly dead) Influential Programming Languages tl;dr: Given that programming languages cognates, it's a starting to point to see which languages influenced others. 

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Donald Knuth Was Framed tl;dr: A recant and exploration of the infamous story of Donald Knuth and Douglas Mcilroy of Bell Labs.

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The Epistemology Of Software Quality tl;dr: The quality of developed software is largely driven by human factors not tooling, yet we overemphasize the latter. Factors such as sleep, hours worked and stress levels are key. 

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