I love this. Two university researchers are asking real world coders how they code. They want to learn whether the theory taught in software design courses is actually used in the real world. They’ve built a short (20-question) survey that takes less than ten minutes to complete, and will open source the data once it’s all in. I’ve sent in my answers and I hope all the programmers reading this do so too. One of the researchers was my lecturer for Algorithms, which must have been punishment for his sins in a past life. The other influential prof from my degree was one of the authors of Notes on Postmodern Programming, and I hope my work mixes the unexpected and the pragmatic as well as they have.
The Internet of Things That Do What You Tell Them: Cory Doctorow passionately explains how computers are already entwined in our lives, which means laws that support lock-in are much more than inconveniences.
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