Future of Coding

70 • Beyond Efficiency by Dave Ackley


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Dave Ackley’s paper Beyond Efficiency is three pages long. With just these three pages, he mounts a compelling argument against the conventional way we engineer software. Instead of inflexibly insisting upon correctness, maybe allow a lil slop? Instead of chasing peak performance with cache and clever tricks, maybe measure many times before you cut. So in this episode, we’re putting every CEO in the guillotine… (oh, that stands for “correctness and efficiency only”, don’t put us on a list)… and considering when, where, and how to do the robust thing.

$ patreon.com/futureofcoding — The most recent bonus episode is a discussion with Stefan Lesser about new “laws of physics” we can invent inside the computer.

Don’t destroy the earth, then make sure your thing can’t be destroyed, then don’t destroy your data, and finally, do your damn job, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

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