- Charitable Giving 2019 So it’s the end of the year, when we all gather together and appreciate the true meaning of the season - tax deductions. Oh, and also peace, goodwill, and all that jazz.
- Meta Opinions, Mostly Held If you’re in the software industry, you’ve probably heard the expression “strong opinions, weakly held”. If you’re hanging around software discussion sites, you’ve probably seen the article calling it the worst idea in tech. Michael Natkin points out that if you have “strong opinions”, it’s very difficult to actually keep them “weakly held”. More importantly, it’s nearly impossible to communicate the “weakly held” part. An engineer with loud, strongly stated opinions can shut down discussion before it starts, and prevent valuable voices from being heard.
- Teams Do Four Things Recently there’s been a lot of hand-wringing over programmer’s oaths, user needs, and what the hell we’re doing as a profession. Eric Leong chimed in with an interesting breakdown of “product developers” and “technical developers”.