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My first book, published 25 years ago

I wrote my first book when I was 20 years old. It was the first book in Portuguese about Object-Oriented Programming (OOP). At the time I was a student at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, also known as … Continue reading

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Good Code is Adaptable Code

Some people find the diagram below very funny: it basically says that there is no way to write good code. Of course I do not agree with this. The diagram implies that writing well is a slow process, and that the requirements … Continue reading

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The Cat as a Metaphor in Object-Oriented Software Development

Grady Booch is a software development guru who wrote one of the most important books about Object-Oriented Programming: “Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with Applications“. In his book, Booch has wonderful illustrations using a cat as a metaphor for some of … Continue reading

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Passion vs. Focus

I believe that software developers should have a passion for programming. In one of my previous posts, I claimed that nothing is more effective than enthusiasm. This passion should include a constant desire to learn new things and to create … Continue reading

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Let’s Stop Having Insane Arguments About Software Development

Mr. Smith had a serious headache, so he went to see a doctor. The doctor told him: “I think you should get some insulin.” Mr. Smith replied: “Are you crazy? Insulin for a headache? Why do you say that?” The … Continue reading

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When Machines Learn: Predictive Analytics

In 1983, when I was 13, I got my first personal computer. It was a Brazilian CP-500 (in the picture on the right). I was one of the first kids in my class to have a computer at home, and … Continue reading

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Copy-and-Paste Programming

I’m recently seeing lots of funny O’Reilly book covers being created by inspired programmers, but below is my favorite one. I like it because it depicts a big change in software development since the beginning of my career. In the … Continue reading

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