And from February, Stephen Wolfram’s tome on ChatGPT. This is definitely not gentle, but also very good.
Archive for 2023
High-level introduction to how LLMs work.
I’m not sure this is really a ‘gentle primer’, but I do think this is a very good introduction.
An approach to window management unlike anything I’ve seen. I really like the idea of a mosaic as a sort of multi-dimensional tiling.
Via Lukas Mathis
On Monday, 1 August 2023, I joined GAN Integrity as a tech lead.
GAN Integrity are certainly not a household name, but are a leading global provider of compliance software to large enterprises.
For me this also marks a change, not just in employer but also in job description: This will be my first entry into management. This is something I’ve been looking actively for for quite a while, and I’m really happy to be taking that on at GAN.
I must admit I’ve never given the tech debt metaphor much thought; it’s always framed as an unmitigated negative, something outside factors foist upon you, and that’s how I’ve tended to think about it.
This is a deep dive into the metaphor, examining how it works on multiple levels, including how you can intentionally taking on tech debt, using the time saved as an investment to ship faster.
Via Simon Willison
Glyph describes some concrete steps to follow to begin splitting a monolith into a micro service (steering well clear of suggestion that micro services solve everyone’s needs).
This is a, to me, novel concept: Defence of design decisions or ‘why did we do it like this’.
I have never been involved with a large-scale project that didn’t have seemingly-weird decisions (and I’ve contributed my fair share), and an explanation would probably have helped.
The only problem I see will be in identifying them before it’s too late (and you forget why), but the presence of such a document surely shouldn’t hinder that.
In a sense this is the “comments should explain why not what“ maxim extracted into a document.
Via Hillel Wayne
(Paywalled at the Athletic.)
Reads like a love letter to the greatest player ever.