The first issue of March is here! And this is also the 10th digest, woohooo! 🎉
In this week’s digest there are 7 links and you can read, among others about:
- the effectiveness of shipping every day (habit!)
- the unfamous GOTO statement,
Business and (side)project section
1. Why I turned down $500K, Pissed off my investors, and Shut down my startup
Sometimes you feel that your project is perfect, and sometimes you feel that something is odd. This is the story of the latter - the author created a startup, but later shut it down despite the fact that investors wanted to invest.
2. The unreasonable effectiveness of shipping every day
What is the secret of successful creators? It is just a habit - do, build, and release something every day! The author of OnlineOrNot is explaining his way of working on projects. Also, don’t be embarrassed by releasing a not complete project - or just get used to be embarrassed! ;-)
3. Your tech stack is not the product
When starting a new project people commonly want to use shiny stuff. Or at least something new. But no customer will buy your product because you built it with e.g. Elixir instead of plain old Java (unless the technology is the product like for Hashicorp)! This article is good advice for new startups.
4. GOTOphobia considered harmful (in C)
Probably everybody saw (or at least heard of) Dijkstra text about the goto statement. But what was valid in the 60s is still valid today? The author shows interesting and valid examples that goto is not harmful when used correctly!
5. What I Learned At Stripe
What can you learn from the company where you work for only a couple of months? Surprisingly a lot! The DRI (Directly Responsible Individual), direct user feedback, learning in public and some more!
Other interesting links
7. Why 111-1111111 is a valid Windows 95 key
A quick (around 6 minutes) peek into how Windows 95 validated the key. And why 111-1111111 is a valid key for it. Worth noting is validating by peeking at decompiled code from the installer!