Issue 012: 2016-08-17
Dependency Hell applies to both real and digital life. When developing software one frequently relies on other people’s libraries. However, there is a difference between reliance on a robust well-maintained library and using a library for the most trivial of tasks.
- NPM & left-pad: Have We Forgotten How To Program?, and
- We haven’t forgotten how to program, we’re making the best of what we have
On a friend’s recommendation, I started listening to the Exponent podcast. It’s a conversation between Ben Thompson and James Allworth about all things tech and society. This podcast is quite different than many others because Thompson’s long-term analysis is brilliant in a (good) mind breaking sort of way and Allworth helps to balance Thompson’s point of view.
http://exponent.fm/episode-085-ballots-versus-guillotines/: It’s a discussion about Brexit and Trump. If both topics cause you despair – this is the episode to listen to. I would best characterize it as a discussion that shows you the origins of both events in a very clear way…a way that makes sense of both events.
http://exponent.fm/episode-082-a-podcast-about-podcasts/: I love podcasts, and some tectonic shifts are coming to this medium. This conversation provides an excellent perspective of both publisher (i.e. podcaster) and listener.