I'm James Hague, a recovering programmer who has been designing video games since the 1980s. Programming Without Being Obsessed With Programming and Organizational Skills Beat Algorithmic Wizardry are good starting points. For the older stuff, try the 2012 Retrospective.

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2012 Retrospective

A short summary of 2012: more entries than any previous year by far (41 vs. 33 in 2010), and a site design that finally doesn't look so homemade.

And a tremendous increase in traffic.

It's not the numbers of network packets flying around that matter. To you, reading this, this may look like a blog that's ostensibly about building things with technology while more often than not dancing around any kind of actual coding, but in (hopefully) interesting ways. To me, this is an outlet for ideas and for writing. That I'm able to fulfill my own desire to write and there's a large audience that finds it useful...I am stunned that such an arrangement exists.

You have my sincere gratitude for taking the time to read what I've written.

Popular articles from 2012

A Programming Idiom You've Never Heard Of
Recovering From a Computer Science Education
Don't Fall in Love With Your Technology
A Complete Understanding is No Longer Possible
Solving the Wrong Problem
This is Why You Spent All that Time Learning to Program
We Who Value Simplicity Have Built Incomprehensible Machines
The Pace of Technology is Slower than You Think
Your Coding Philosophies are Irrelevant
Things to Optimize Besides Speed and Memory
Hopefully More Controversial Programming Opinions
Do You Really Want to be Doing This When You're 50?
OOP Isn't a Fundamental Particle of Computing

Others from 2012 that I personally like

Turning Your Code Inside Out
The Most Important Decisions are Non-Technical
You, Too, Can Be on the Cutting Edge of Functional Programming Research
The Silent Majority of Experts
All that Stand Between You and a Successful Project are 500 Experiments
Dangling by a Trivial Feature

(Here's last year's retrospective.)


Documenting the Undocumentable
Dangling by a Trivial Feature
The UNIX Philosophy and a Fear of Pixels
"Not Invented Here" Versus Developer Sanity
An Outrageous Port