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#48: Theory building, visual probability, index while read, and hiring a manager

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the It Depends #48. I hope all is well with you and your codebase.

Through the last two weeks I’ve been stuck inside the hilarious world of Bertram Wilberforce Wooster and his gentleman’s gentleman Jeeves for the umpty-upth time. The obvious fallout being that I haven’t managed to write anything.

So this week, it’s just the writings of better men and women than me for your reading pleasure. Hope to be back on the writing track very soon.

From the internet

  1. This paper called Programming as Theory Building by Peter Naur (of the “Backus-Naur form” fame) speaks very close to my heart on how practice and knowledge co-evolve and on how we share knowledge. Definitely worth reading if your work involves knowledge sharing in any way.

  2. I’m a huge sucker for visual representation of mathematics (probably that’s the way I can grasp it even a little bit) and Seeing Theory is really one of the best visual expressions of probability theory I have ever seen. Definitely check it out.

  3. Bernard Leong shares his “index while read” approach to reading better.

  4. Charity Majors is her usual scintillating self in describing her approach to hiring a manager for your dev team.

That’s all for this week folks. Have a great weekend!


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