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Why Go’s design is a disservice to intelligent programmers

Over the course of the past few months I’ve been using Go to implement a proof of concept program in my spare time. This was done in part to learn Go and to also see if such a program would work. The program itself is very simplistic and not the focus of this article but my experience of using Go is worth writing a few words. Go is shaping up to be a popular language for doing serious large scale work and a language created by Google is not to be sniffed at. With all that said, I honestly think Go’s design is a disservice to intelligent programmers.

Piracy will always occur until attitudes and service improve

In modern terms Piracy is the act of obtaining something while not paying for it. This is usually content that can be distributed digitally such as software and with the birth of the internet this allows anyone at any time to obtain those goods. But wait, isn’t that a good thing? Anyone, anywhere in the entire world being able to get a copy of your software? Of course this needs to be limited to paying consumers but what if the pirates provide a better service than the commercial entity that owns the content? If the distribution network and infrastructure is there why the hell not use it to distribute your digital goods?

Vim – The only text editor you’ll ever need

Text editors are a huge topic of discussion and argument in the software world and every developer has their favorite. I’ve seen so many flame wars erupting all over the net about this subject that i sometimes dare not bring it up. Well, not wanting to shy away from an argument i’m going to make the case for the Vim text editor and explain why it’s so awesome.

Why you should use revision control

Revision control is a little like insurance. You never see the value of it until you actually need it. Some programmers never touch it, while others swear by it. Revision control does contribute huge benefits while also introducing a small overhead on project management. I personally feel every project ever developed should always be placed under such a management system and here’s why.

Does typing speed matter for programmers?

A few months ago Jeff Atwood blogged again about the need for programmers to be good typists. In fact he has espoused sheer disdain over the years for all programmers if they were anything less than certified touch-typists. In November 2008 he wrote

We are typists first, and programmers second. It’s very difficult for me to take another programmer seriously when I see them using the hunt and peck typing techniques.

Does branding matter for software?

Steve Yegge presents his keynote: How to Ignore Marketing and Become Irrelevant in Two Easy Steps. From O’Reilly Media’s Open Source Convention, July 26, 2007.

This is one of the best software talks i’ve seen which deals with the problem of software branding. Give it a watch and then ask yourself, does your software project need to worry about branding?

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Objective-C, A language from another galaxy

Over the last few weeks i’ve been learning Objective-CApple’s flagship programming language, preferred for all Mac OS and iOS development. Wanting to create my own iPhone and iPad apps, i wanted to learn Objective-C and of course after doing a great deal of programming using C type languages I thought it would be quite easy to learn and program using it, …how wrong i was!