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Nobody cares about your code

Musing Mortoray

Nobody cares about your code. It was quite a shocking moment when I learned this in my programming career. I would take great care in polishing my code only to find out nobody actually cares. It’s not the code that counts, it’s the product. Knowing that makes you more productive and improves the appreciation of your work.

Code is a tool

As programmers our job is not to write code. Our job is to supply software that provides some feature somebody needs. Coding is the primary tool we use to do this. But it’s just a tool. We don’t say a carpenter’s job is to use a hammer. Their job is to create something with their tools.

Some of our processes can however mislead us into thinking code is the product. Do we see refactoring as a way to get better code, or to get a better product? Portray it…

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Python & Java: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Python Conquers The Universe

I wrote this little piece a long time ago — it was last updated in May 2007. In 2009 I moved it from my website to this blog. At this point I consider it an historical artifact, in the sense that I consider it frozen; I’m no longer going to update it when, for example, Java acquires a new programmer-friendly feature.

During the years when it was on my web site, I received a number of email comments. I responded to them all, but no one — other than their authors and me — ever saw the comments and my responses. By moving this piece onto a blog, I hope that folks who feel like commenting can do so more easily, and can share their comments with a wider audience.

During the years when it was on my web site, virtually all of the comments that I received were from…

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Securing A Huge Growth Round

TechCrunch

Editor’s Note:David Frankel is a Managing Partner at Founder Collective, an early-stage VC firm based in Cambridge and NYC that has made investments in over 150 companies including Uber, BuzzFeed, Coupang, Makerbot, PillPack and SeatGeek.

Pitching VCs is a serious challenge at any stage, but asking for a $30-60 million check is usually the sale of a founder’s life. Convincing an investor to accept a valuation that most normal people think you’d deserve in a year’s time (at best) piles on the challenge.

I’ve recently been working with a few of our portfolio companies on these kinds of deals and wanted to summarize what we’ve seen work.

A word of warning: Most startups don’t qualify. Ten-figure checks go to those with significant tangible growth in revenue or DAUs, real margins, or a crystal-clear path to strong monetization. To qualify, your graphs should be at 45-degree angles at worst.

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AWS Wants To Put Machine Learning In Reach Of Any Developer

TechCrunch

Andy Jassy, senior vice president at Amazon Web Services, announced a new machine learning platform today at the AWS Summit in San Francisco.

The Amazon Machine Learning service is designed to give developers without machine learning background the tools to build smart, data-driven applications that can not only analyze what’s happening in real time or what happened in the past, but also predict what’s going to happen in the future (and that’s what’s most interesting here).

Companies like Netflix have been using AWS tools to undertake machine learning tasks for some time, but as Jassy said, “it’s hard work”, and AWS wanted to create a service specifically suited to machine learning without requiring specific expertise.

As with so many tools we see on AWS, the roots of the new tool began on Amazon.com where the company has been experimenting with various forms of machine learning for years. When you look at the recommendation engine…

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Amazon Launches New File Storage Service For EC2

TechCrunch

At its AWS Summit in San Francisco, Amazon today announced the launch of the Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), a new storage service that provides a common file system for multiple EC2 virtual machines on AWS through the standard NFSv4 protocol. This new service will launch into preview in the “near future.”

Because it supports the standard NFS protocol, EFS will work with most existing file system tools and applications, so developers can simply mount and manage them with any standard file system tool.

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According to Amazon, the typical use cases for this service are content repositories, development environments, web server farms, home directories and big data applications — anything, basically, that involves a lot of files.

As Amazon’s head of AWS Andy Jassy noted during today’s keynote, the company’s customers have been asking for this kind of service for a while. Currently, Jassy argues, it’s hard to predict capacity for file servers and managing…

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