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Book Review: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

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This is a nice book on the now common-place wisdom of programming or software engineering discipline. As a software engineer for 13 years I found it not so useful but nevertheless good in reviewing what are today well understood and common practices in the industry like the DRY principle (Don’t repeat yourself), Fix the broken windows today, refactoring etc. I highlighted some points as I was reading this book and I am reproducing them below (more for myself to be able to review these once in a while):Every day, work to refine the skills you have and to add new tools to your repertoire.The greatest of all weaknesses is the fear of appearing weak. • J. B. Bossuet, Politics from Holy Writ, 1709Don't leave "broken windows" (bad designs, wrong decisions, or poor code) unrepaired. Fix each one as soon as it is discovered.People find it easier to join an ongoing success. Show them a glimpse of the future and you'll get them to rally around.It's often the accumulation o…

Book Review: MY INVENTIONS: The Autobiography of Nikola Tesla

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This book by Nikola Tesla is a quick read and does not go very detailed into his inventions like some biographies on Tesla do. It still has some lessons that Tesla conveys throughout the book on what he thought was different than normal in him and a one very unique thing that he says towards the end of the book is – when someone does bad to him then almost always he finds that person starts to pay for his deeds and he thought as if there is a mental influence one can have on others lives which he experienced but could not prove it to others but was very convinced that it was his mind that was causing his tormentor sufferings. Following are some things I remember:At one point Tesla says: When natural inclination develops into a passionate desire, one advances towards his goal in seven-league boots. He had been through near death experiences several times in his life.He had very sharp hearing capacity – but because of this he was not able to bear even sounds which may appear normal for …