2020#40 Readings of the Week3 minutes read | 566 words by Ruben Berenguel
Update on read books this year, I had forgotten on my previous posts.
NOTE: The themes are varied, and some links below are affiliate links. Spark, category theory, Python, Forth. Expect a similar wide range in the future as well. You can check all my weekly readings by checking the tag here. You can also get these as a weekly newsletter by subscribing here.
Levels of code in Forth programing
The “first” approach sounded very hexagonal to me
Tokyo subway’s humble duct-tape typographer
Yes silver bullet
A partial disagreement with Brooks' famous No silver bullet essay. I don’t fully agree with either premise. Somewhat silver bullet?
Normal number - Wikipedia
Don’t know why I looked this up yesterday night in Wikipedia (I already knew what a normal number is, so what was the point?)
Data Catalogue — Knowing your data
Here Albert introduces us to Datahub, which looks like a fine solution for data discovery. I had tried Marquez a few months ago, and left unimpressed, so this is nudging me towards trying Datahub.
Nothing Compares to Yuzu
Well, the fancy restaurant probably has yuzu in something. And shouldn’t that be a 2?
Mapping coronavirus, responsibly
A very good post about how to… well, map responsibly.
Category Theory at Chartboost
I’d be slightly afraid of the speed penalty final tagless encodings can give. Not huge, but in general it’s easier to write fast imperative than fast functional.
To Get Good, Go After The Metagame
This was surprisingly insightful.
Stop Using Lists for Everything in Python
Water is wet and tuples are useful. If you find what you read here interesting and unknown, look up slots.
Survival of the Mediocre Mediocre
Another unclassifyable but insightful post. And the Douglas Adams and Star Trek:TNG references are spot-on.
🔊 Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life is what you make it
Strange book by Mysthbusters' Adam Savage. Not sure how I’d classify it, but it was entertaining
📚 How to take smart notes: one simple technique to boost writing, learning and thinking
Boy that’s a long title. Basically introduces you to Luhmann’s Zettelkasten (Entschuldigung). It’s not an easy read, and I’d say it misses the “how to use it” part. The concept itself, though, is very interesting.
📚 Accelerate: Building and Scaling High-Performing Technology Organizations
Read it at the beginning of the year, it’s basically a must read at this point.
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