I am a programmer. Over the years, I’ve written a lot about Programming. This site collects some of these works, and is the repository for new articles.
My opinions about programming and other subjects change over time. For example, my book Extreme Perl was my early thinking on how to devolve responsibility in a team. The methodology parts are too structured, and are not consistent with how I evolve software now, which is much more ad hoc.
Evolution factors big in my current thinking about software. This wasn’t always the case. I was a big fan of the waterfall model in the 1980s until I saw people and relationships as the core issue. Programming-in-the-large requires a team of trust.
Code evolves by integrating feedback. The more feedback, the better. A team of trust is fearless and can accept any feedback thrown at it. Team members are never fearless. Only in a team do we create a bond of trust that enables us to overcome our particular fears in any one instance.
Psychology figures centrally in my life and work. I strive to understand how my psyche affects my actions and reactions. I visit a psychologist regularly to help me integrate the feedback the real world throws at me. I also rely on my incredibly supportive family, friends, and work colleagues.
My opinions are informed mostly from my reading. You can find many notes on books I find interesting on this site. I used to add some notes once a month, but I haven’t had the time. I continue to read, just don’t write notes, much.
Work is an extremely important part of my life. I have had rapture of the bits since I was nine. I have always worked in software, and continue to do so. Check my LinkedIn where I’m working now.
This page will evolve over time. It’ll reflect my current thinking on a variety of subjects, and serve as a jumping off point of what I think is relevant. Alternatively, you can sign up for the RSS feed for recent updates.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to your feedback. You can email me at robnagler.com.