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In a world where developers can get a lot of help from Copilot, ChatGPT, StackOverflow, etc., there are still certain coding skills that characterize the best software developers. As just one example, real developers use data types in a way that makes their code cleaner and more reliable -- they define types like "heightInCm" or "widthInPixels" instead of floats and ints, and suddenly code is 10x easier to reason about.

In your opinion, what are some other hallmarks of top 1% developers?

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Any experienced programmer worth their salt will tell you that •producing• code — learning syntax, finding examples, combining them, adding behaviors, adding complexity — is the •easy• part of programming.

The hard part: “How can it break? How will it surprise us? How will it change? Does it •really• accomplish our goal? What •is• our goal? Are we all even imagining the same goal? Do we understand each other? Will the next person to work on this understand it? Should we even build this?”

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I hate flow.js. In what world is this acceptable typed code??
function foo(x: string): boolean {
return x === 0;
Normally TypeScript isn't any better but in this case, TypeScript does correctly complain.

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Never send a long email when brief bullet points will do.

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Use-cases for comments in code imho:

- Documentation for interfaces
- Explaining something unintiutive about your code
- TODO: something that should change later
- XXX: something which is acceptable but weird and might be a good thing to improve
- 20-100 lines of prose adding context to a large amount of code

t. someone who OpenHub characterizes as writing "a very low number of comments"

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"Everything Everywhere All at Once" would make a good title for a blog post about prioritization at tech companies.

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Cryptocurrency is a cancer that feeds on the desperation of youth and drives them into a gambling addiction. They think they are fighting against the "system", but they become suckers who fight each other in a giant decentralized casino manipulated by a handful of rich assholes: the new landlords.

The whole rewriting of Dahl’s work controversy simply wouldn’t be an issue if copyright wasn’t so damn long. These pieces of literature should be in the public domain for anyone to publish, with or without alterations, just like Shakespeare.

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Gauging someone's interest in ChatGPT is a good way to filter for people I don't want to talk to

Perhaps not entirely a coincidence that a follow-up question about cryptocurrency yields similar results

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1983: "If you want to know something, your best bet is either a friend or a library."

2003: "If you want to know something, your best bet is a well-formatted Google search."

2023: "If you want to know something, your best bet is either a friend or a library."

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Being a designer or dev and having the time to make something accessible without leadership support is extremely difficult sometimes.

Which is why leaders absolutely need to make accessible conformance a part of their definition of done.

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There are 1×2×3×4×5×6×7×8 minutes in this month. Since every hour has 2×5×6 = 60 minutes, every day has 3×8 = 24 hours and this month has 4×7 = 28 days.

How are electric bike/scooter companies that just dump the devices on the street not done for fly-tipping?

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Sci-fi concept: Humans evolved as persistence predators, and many of the things we can do still echo that. Endurance. Concentration. Ambition. What would an intelligent species look like if it evolved from a different behaviour? What about scavengers, like crabs? Gatherers, like bees? Or nurturers, like trees? What might be similar? What might be different?

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Variable name vs how it’s being used vs documentation in comment above it

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Exactly 14 years ago , Satoshi Nakamoto designed the most pathetic / inefficient system ever invented by humankind : the blockchain.

Today, it weights 60 000 tons, wastes constantly 10 gigawatts .. to process less than 7 transactions per second :

Less than a 33 bps modem from 1990.

This could be joke if it didn't have such gigantic environmental impact, wasn't enabling billion dolllars ransomware industry and was not crushing thousands of lives in the process.

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Sick of people calling everything in crypto a Ponzi scheme. Some crypto projects are Pump-and-Dump schemes, while others are Pyramid schemes. Others are just middlemen skimming off the top. Others are just standard-issue fraud.

Stop glossing over the diversity in the industry.

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