This week there is a lot of functional programming (mostly Scala, a bit of
Haskell) and data engineering topics. Of course, there is also the usual random
stuff I find interesting as well (and other engineering topics).
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This week SkillsMatter in London has gone into administration, making one of the
best organizations for conferences go bust. Also, a large amount of conference
videos hosted in their Vimeo account (including my lightning TLA+
talk from last year’s Scala
Exchange) are in limbo. They’ll be missed.
Opinion piece by Cal Newport, riding the wave of the recent Microsoft Japan 4 day workweek experiment. If we talk about pure output, 5 hours of intensive, output focused time (no distractions) would be close to a perfect day for anybody, in my own tracking I have rarely hit more than 6 hours. Eventually the rest of the work day fills with coordination, chatter, meetings, etc.
I got an iPhone 11 Pro last Monday. The camera is wow. And the battery life is waaat. I’ve had it last 2 days, with normal use (reading a couple of hours, browsing, mail handling, Slack..). Halide is one of the best photography apps for iOS and I’m eager to go get some nice shots with it.
Remember, paraphrasing a classic mantra from the previous century: nobody was fired for choosing PostgreSQL. In case of doubt, pgsql it. Generated columns can be thought of as cheaper trigger computations.
My classic yearly re-read (re-listen in this case) of GTD. If you could get hold of Allen’s Getting Things Done Fast audio instead, it is much more fun (but you better have a grasp of the system beforehand, the material is not as clear-cut as in the book/audiobook).
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