by Leon Rosenshein

List Comprehension

The other day I was in a class on `bazel.` Lots of interesting stuff there, and I got a lot out of it. Concepts and "idiomatic" bazel. Because everything works better when you are working with a tool in the way the designers/implementers intended. But that's a topic for another time.

In the class the instructor pointed out a few websites that claimed to be "The best list of ..." or "A well curated list of …" and said that in his experience, in those cases curated generally meant that it was the first N things a google search returned on the day the list was built. That matches my experience as well, although I'd add the other type of list, the advertising list, where vendors (using the term loosely) can pay to have their entry added to the list. There's sometimes good info in those lists, but it's on you the consumer to find the gems.

But that's not always the case. Every once in a while you come across a curated list that really is well curated. A list where each item has a lot of value by itself, and the list in total is worth even more. One of those lists is def programming: Quotes about coding. 329 (as of today) quotes, and each one gets you to think about some fundamental aspect of programming and development in general. Taken together they can form a great foundation to build on.

Getting on that list is now one of my life goals.