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Staying up-to-date as a software developer with a daily learning routine

Staying up-to-date as a software developer with a daily learning routine. How I study and practice to keep my skills current in the fast-moving field of software development.

Becoming a dramatically better programmer

I’ve outlined a few broad areas that programmers striving to get better might focus on. I’ve also suggested some ways to tackle these areas – but this is by no means complete, or correct!

Teach Programming to become a better programmer

In this post I’m going to explain how exactly to teach programming, and how to relate to people who know nothing about programming. Techniques in order to get the message through, strategies in order to be a longer lasting mentor and lastly the mindset required.

The Land Before Binary

Computers did not always use base 2. Computers did not always operate on just an on/off value. There were other things, different things that were tried and eventually abandoned. Some of them predating the advent of electronics itself.

The 640K memory limit of MS-DOS

At the beginning of the 90’s, the PC platform was often mocked by its rivals. PCs of that era had become much more powerful than, say, an Amiga 500. But the Amiga offered a flat memory address, while a DOS program could only access memory using cumbersome 64 KiB segments. And to add insult to injury, there was this strange 640 KiB memory limitation. No matter how much physical memory you had in your box, the utter most important Conventional Memory was limited to 640 KiB!