The end of the generational divide

Brief synopsis:  The Gen Z Effect, by Tom Koulopoulos and Dan Keldsen, describes 6 forces at work in the world today that are eroding the ‘generational divide.’

6 minutes to understanding the Gen Z Effect

Worth your time.

Full disclosure:  Dan Keldsen is my brother, and an all-round great guy.  I’ve known Tom for 20 years or so, and Dan for all his life.  I receive no compensation for this review, although I do have a lovely signed copy.

The book is available as hardcover, Kindle, and (soon) audio. As a bonus, it’s read by the authors.


Programming Style: Writing and Computation

After yesterday’s (somewhat lame) post on Beautiful Code, I realized that there have been a number of books I’ve read, source code I’ve read, and projects I’ve participated on that have influenced my sense of software style and craft.

While most lists like this emphasize the computation books, I’ve noticed that there’s an implicit book missing from most of these lists, namely “The Elements of Style.”

Here’s my top set of core books on coding style that I really thing matter:

  • The Unix Programming Environment, by Kernighan and Pike,
  • The C Programming Language, by Kernighan and Ritchie,
  • the various ‘Lambda papers’ Guy Steele (Lambda, the ultimate imperative, etc.)
  • the Anatomy of Lisp by John Allen,
  • On Writing Well, by Zin
  • The Elements of Style by Strunk and White,

and, influenced by Strunk and White:

  • The Elements of Programming Style, by Kernighan and Plauger
  • The Elements of Java Style, by Vermeulen, Ambler, Bumgardner, Metz, Misfeldt, Shur, & Thompson

Interesting overlap with the list over at the Association for Computing Machinery (Classics).

What influenced you?