Peter Bell Is Killing My Productivity (In The Short Term)
Posted November 28, 2006 at 9:15 AM by Ben Nadel
Every time I settle down to start actually doing work again, Peter Bell has to write some really cool article that takes me half an hour to wrap my head around (I read slow and I don't exactly run a stud-farm in my head). This is killing my productivity, but hopefully only in the short term. As I can leech knowledge from him, it should be good for upping productivity in the long term. If you haven't checked out his stuff, I would highly recommend it! Not a ton of code to look at yet (more to come) but lots of good theory and conversations.
So anyway, I know I promised some people some code, particularly my ColdFusion code viewing module, not to mention updates to Skin Spider. That should all get done soon enough. If you are unhappy with me, just blame Pete ;)
Yeah, all part of my evil plan.
Part 1 - write software which is more productive than programmers
Part 2 - make programmers LESS productive than they are already by talking to them all day about how to write software that will make them more productive
Part 3 - Tell everyone who hires a programmer to use my software instead
Part 4 - Buy a nice little Island and retire - Britain, perhaps?!
As long as your articles keep making me smarter you can retire any where you want :)
Don't worry. I'll be taking Peters place real soon. Just read your email and watch your snail mail. :)
Perfect. I think it is safe to say you have a lot more to learn from Michael than from myself :->
Now you just gotta hope we don't BOTH get busy posting!!!
No worries, I have started to undergo an experimental form of Radiation poisoning so as to grow two arms out of my back such that I can double my productivity.... It's all coming together :)
Just out of curiosity, how is the de-spamming stuff working for you Blog? I am going to implement something similar.
Actually well. The problem is that it will not stop a human being. For that I have a combination of a baysian filter and some regex. I'll be posting that up real soon, especially now that the FAQU is out to subscribers in PDF with the print coming to us this afternoon for distribution. Like I said, you'll have no time. :)
I had to look up what Bayesian is in Wikipedia. Looks pretty cool. Can't wait to see what you write.
Talking of FAQU - amazing job! Downloading the PDF's now. You, Judith, Dee and the rest of the team have done an awesome job with this publication and I'm hoping you are wildly successful with it because it is an amazing publication with an outrrageous editorial process. It's the best content available anywhere for CF developers.
Yeah, Bayesian means that your code starts off even dumber than a programmer but with a bit of luck and the right data set it may end of smarter than its creator.
I'm told it is the electronic equivalent of having kids - only without the college tuition fees
I agree with Pete. Excellent content. I have the Disc with me at all times, but have not had a chance to take a peek. It's NEXT on the list of things to do. Should print out for some great train reading. Just got a new printer in the office that prints out both sides of the paper (its a new technology for me). I tested it out with the Pragmatic Programmer (added somewhere on the queue of things to do) and it works like a charm.
Actually, I didn't write the baysian. I'm using a modified version of what's in Fusionkit (http://foundeo.com/fusionkit/). Luckily, I have a LOT of spam to train it with. My current regex based spam filter is VERY good, but only auto-deletes 20%-30% of the mail as being pure spam. That combined with the baysian will get me to at least 50% of my spam being auto-deleted.
Thanks Peter. The FAQU has been a major undertaking because we are so dedicated to its quality. I think this issue will definitely make a mark. You wrote an article for us, didn't you? ;)
(plug for Peter)
Yeah grin, and I'm working on one for the next issue. But despite that it is still a really good publication :-> Lots of help from Judith, Dee and Sean!