Softwisdom: 1000 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Programming

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I carry pencil and paper with me everywhere. It's a habit I learned long ago. I never knew when and where a good thought would arrive. When I didn't write things down, I remembered most of them, but not all. Then I often wondered which thoughts I forgot that could have changed my life.

No more. I capture all of them. I have pieces of paper with thoughts and time stamps everywhere. I've used many of them in my writing, my work, and even my tweets. Of course, I've thrown most of them in my "What was I thinking?" box. But you can't toss the bad ones aside if you don't capture them all.

As I read and reread my favorite captured thoughts, I wished that they had come to me sooner, many years sooner in fact. How different would my life and career been if they had?

That's when I came up with the idea for this book. I started with the 1000 thoughts that I would have most likely wanted to know sooner. Then I followed up with the "thinking behind the thought" for every one of them. Finally I organized them into logical groupings.

The thoughts here came from everywhere: mentors, workmates, during experiences building thousands of things, and of course, from the source with no name, often in the middle of the night when I had to pull a cat off my head and grab pencil, paper, and a mini-light.

The thoughts are mine, but not really. I consider myself more of a messenger than a creator. This book delivers those messages to you in a much more consumable package than I ever had. I hope you find one or more thoughts that will impact your life as much as I wish they had done mine years sooner. If so, let me know. My contact info is after every comic strip at


Ed Weissman, July, 2017

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    1.75 MB
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    369 pages
  • Size1.75 MB
  • Length369 pages
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