Recardo Hermann’s Snippets on Software

I recently stumbled across: Snippets on Software. It’s a collection of mini-notes on software with links to more if you are interested in more detail. Some snippets are wonderful, some clearly aren’t exclusive to software and some I would argue are just plain wrong. Nonetheless, it’s a great list.

It’s too long to read from end-to-end in one sitting but it’s well worth skimming. Below a few snippets that I enjoyed to whet your appetite:

“there is only one consensus protocol, and that’s Paxos” – all other approaches are just broken versions of Paxos. – Mike Burrows

Conway’s Law: Any organization that designs a system (defined broadly) will produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure.

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” — Albert Einstein

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. -Robert A. Heinlein

“You can try to control people, or you can try to have a system that represents reality. I find that knowing what’s really happening is more important than trying to control people.” — Larry Page

Everyone knows that debugging is twice as hard as writing a program in the first place. So if you’re as clever as you can be when you write it, how will you ever debug it? Brian Kernighan


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