Julia Evans

Coding strategies

In reply to “Write the README first, then the code”, Lindsey Kuper pointed me to these great slides by Simon Peyton-Jones on how to write a research paper (pdf): Write the paper first, then do the research.

One of the hardest and most memorable coding exercises that I’ve done was to spend 30 minutes writing code that I really thought was good, and then delete it.

Another super fun thing is to pair and have one person write the tests and the other person write the code.

Erik also started tweeting coding strategies! He is the best. I especially like “ride a bicycle until you are out-of-breath on the other side of town.”