Hello World!

Hello World!

Need I say more?

I probably should…

Welcome to my first blog post. I’m going to keep it short and sweet because if there is one thing I’ve learned from other internet creators, it is that when first getting started creating content, the price you pay agonizing over creating your first set of content, and painstakingly making sure it is “perfect” in every way vastly outweighs the benefit of the practice and discipline of putting out good content regularly.

So at this point, I’d like to borrow an idea from two developers older and wiser than I: Bob Scheifler and Jim Gettys. Scheifler and Gettys were two of the original developers for the X Windows System, and they had the foresight to, at the beginning of their work, set out seven guiding principles for the development of X. Many of their principles can be applied to all software development, but over the years, one has stuck out to me more than the rest:

It is as important to decide what a system is not as to decide what it is. Do not serve all the world’s needs; rather, make the system extensible so that additional needs can be met in an upwardly compatible fashion.

That is a powerful statement. Limit your scope. Limit your features, but give yourself room to grow. With that in mind, I’d like to define both what this blog is, and is not about

This blog is about:

  • Learning
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Software Development
  • Working as a professional Software Developer and Technologist
  • New Technology and Hardware

This blog is not about:

  • Divisiveness
  • Closed mindedness
  • Dogmatic principles (software or otherwise)
  • “Office Drama”

And with that I leave you hopefully as excited as I am to get started on this journey.


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