Monthly Archives: April 2012

Danny’s Typical Day At Zynga

While waiting for my coffee, I ran into Liz and Niblyn! I used to work with Liz on a different Zynga game team about two years ago. She works in Community and was/is often “The Voice of the Player” in meetings and in group emails. She’s wonderful to work with and her dog, Niblyn, is too cute not to pet. I end up crouched down, petting Niblyn, the whole time I’m having a conversation with Liz.

Zynga employee’s shocking journey through the office.

Where is the casual programming?

That’s the real problem with dynamic typing: With Java, C# and C++ I learn APIs on the go. I use autocomplete and when in doubt I point to the function invocation and press F1 to read the manual entry about this function. If I feel I need more background information, I follow the links higher in the doc hierarchy and begin learning about the big picture the exact moment I realize I need to learn this stuff.

Good explanation why modern languages don’t make it easy to start programming.

An Interview With Linus Torvalds

So my model is kind of a reverse “end result justifies the means”. Hell no, that’s the stupidest saying in the history of man, and I’m not even saying that because it has been used to make excuses for bad behavior. No, it’s the worst possible kind of saying because it totally misses the point of everything.

It’s simply not the end that matters at all. It’s the means – the journey. The end result is almost meaningless. If you do things the right way, the end result *will* be fine too, but the real enjoyment is in the doing, not in the result.

Linus Torvalds on Macbook Air, raising kids and the process around kernel development.

The war on RSS

The good news is that there’s at least one thing that Facebook, Apple, Twitter and (to a lesser extent so far) Google seem to agree on. The bad news is that it’s that RSS, one of the beacons of openness on the internet, is the enemy.

The web companies reached a conclusion that RSS can’t be monetized after all. That makes the future of the format look grim indeed.

This Is 2016 Not 2012

A few years ago building an app or a website was enough to get you a job at a lot of different companies. But it’s not like that anymore. We just have too many qualified candidates to take a chance on someone with limited in-depth technical experience. This is 2016 not 2012.

A collage sophomore envisions a dystopian future when hiring is based on formal education and not practical qualifications.