Greetings from Vermont! In this NixMashup, On Programmer Productivity. MintBox Mini. Runners’ Wisdom. Essential IntelliJ IDEA Keyboard Shortcuts. A Perl Programmer Looks Back, And Forward. A Material Design Makeover. An Android Studio 1.1 Preview. Transparent Solar Panels.
On Programmer Productivity
A thorough treatment on the idea of measuring programmer productivity, or if it is even possible to do so. Approaches to measuring productivity include, We’re writing more code, so we must be more productive… We’re making (or saving) more money, so we must be working better… We’re going faster, so we must be getting more productive… We’re staying busy… I think the essential takeaway is that you should measure things that matter to the organization, not output. Everyone knows who the top performers are. Point them in the right direction, and keep them happy. Everyone knows the people who are struggling. Get them the help that they need to succeed. Everyone knows who doesn’t fit in. Move them out.
The Linux Mint distro’s long-standing partnership with Israeli computer manufacturer CompuLab has another winner, the $295 MintBox Mini. AMD A4 6400T CPU (64-bit, quad-core, 1GHz), Radeon R3 GPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, Three USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a pair of HDMI out sockets for dual-monitor setups, headphone/mic jack and a MicroSD card reader for expanding storage.
Excellent compilation of tweets from veteran runners sharing their hindsight and wisdom. Some good ones, “Just enjoy the journey! Take small steps as there is no need to rush!” “Rest is best when it comes to injuries.” “Nobody is really bothered by how slow/fast you are… Ever (except yourself).” “More than any speed work, or fancy sessions, consistency will be your biggest asset.” “Eat more pancakes.”
A Perl Programmer Looks Back, And Forward
If you read one article from this NixMashup, it should be this one. I should warn you, it’s really long but definitely worth it. The title is “The Mid-Career Crisis of the Perl Programmer” where a developer who has impressive credentials in Perl looks back over his first 15 years as a developer and where–if anywhere–he can happily go given the changing technological landscape to stay happy and fresh, particularly if he wants to stay with what he’s supremely qualified in, Perl.
A Material Design Makeover
A walk through the Trello Android App with a Material Design makeover. Really interesting to see the old Holo KitKat theme compared with Material Design touches in side-by-side screenshots.
An Android Studio 1.1 Preview
I don’t load or work with Developer IDEs in Preview form, but I do enjoy reading about them. I definitely like what’s going on with Android Studio as it continues to move forward as an even better IDE for building Android Applications.
Transparent Solar Panels
The actual term for these see-through energy generators of awesomeness is “transparent luminescent solar concentrator,” and it can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a flat, clear surface. Click-through to see the picture.
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Today’s Vermont Photo is provided by Dwehrs, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.