Message from 2021
This post is pretty old! Opinions and technical information in it are almost certainly oudated. Commands and configurations will probably not work. Consider the age of the content before putting any of it into practice.
So I’ve been waiting for some time to actually read “Getting Real,” a book about webapp development (and producing products in general) from 37signals. Today they released a free HTML version for online browsin’, and announced the availability of a paperback version. It’s fairly short (I read it in a couple hours), but covers a lot of ground about their particular brand of agile software development. http://gettingreal.37signals.com/
Basically, here’s what I’m taking away from it: * release early and often * pay attention to what users are saying, but resist complication * as usual, less code is better code; no code is the best code
Unrelated, but I super-slammed the LISP assignment due tomorrow in like 45 minutes. Nesting functions and using recursion just seems to work right once you get in the right frame of mind. My biggest guff with it is the big pile of parens you get at the end when you’re wrapping up all your nested functions:
(list (car rev)) ) ) ) ) )
Is there a functional language that doesn’t end up like that, or is this as endemic to the genre as bloated syntax in “enterprise” languages (like C# and Java)?