By Adrian Kosmaczewski, since 2004. Updates every Friday.
Best Books of 2022
Here’s the list of books I read and enjoyed in 2022. Just like two weeks ago, there’s a little bit of everything, from poetry to programming to business to philosophy.
Shows and Movies of 2022
Here is the list of movies and shows I watched (or re-watched) this year. I do not recommend them all; some of it was great, some was utterly forgettable.
Best Books of 2021
Here’s the list of books I read and enjoyed in 2021. There’s a little bit of everything, from poetry to programming to business to philosophy.
Stockholm Syndrome in Software
Developers working for a particular vendor tend to develop a bizarre version of Stockholm syndrome. It’s something I’ve witnessed at least twice in my career.
What Objective-C 3.0 Could Have Been
In a parallel universe, in a parallel WWDC 2014, instead of Swift, developers got Objective-C 3.0, and this is what it would have looked like. It’s the same parallel universe where Russia doesn’t annex Crimea, by the way.
Cholila is a little town in the province of Chubut in the middle of Argentine Patagonia inhabited by around 2000 souls. It is mainly known for its National Barbecue Festival and because Butch Cassidy lived there for a while.
How to Use Demo Magic
My colleague Tobru recently pointed me to demo-magic, and I now seriously wonder how could I ever do a live demo without this.
Avoid These Things Because Insecure
Avoid all of these things with all your might, beware, don’t even think about it. You know it’s going to hurt. Stay away. You’ve been warned. Pay attention.
Containers and DLL Hell
Back in the 1990s, shared libraries were all the rage. Instead of having to ship a 20 MB
*.exe file to your customer in various floppy disks, you could cut some code out, put it in a set of
*.dll files, and reuse that code across all your products. Every vendor would then install lots of DLL files in your system, and they would be reused by other apps from the same vendor.
Seeing Twitter becoming the Muskverse was the last straw that took me to revive the Mastodon account I opened in 2017 and leave Twitter for good.