Archive for May, 2010

Debug It! reviewed on LosTechies

I think that this book should be read by all new software developers as well as all junior or mid-level developers. There’s plenty to be learned by the senior developer types too. Even if you’ve been doing these things for a long time, this is a good read to make sure you’re keeping your feet planted firmly on the ground.

For more reviews, see Debug It! Review Roundup.

Encouraging failures

The dust is finally settling after the second Formula Jedi meeting at Croft, and I can take stock of the beginning of the season. On the face of things, it’s been a disaster – 4 races, of which I’ve only managed to start 3, no finishes, no points and a car that’s currently back at Jedi being repaired.

But actually, I’m really encouraged by how things have gone. I failed to finish the first couple of races due to the kind of teething problems you expect with a new car, and I was in the battle for 4th place before having to stop. I failed to finish the race at Croft because I clipped some tyres on the apex of one of the corners, but I was in 4th place at the time, right on the pace of the leader.

What I wanted this year was to have a car capable of running at the front of the pack, which I clearly do have. And, even after 3 years out of the driving seat, my driving doesn’t seem to have got quite as rusty as I feared. So, all I need to do now is actually finish some races 🙂

Many thanks to the guys at Texperts who bought me a video camera as my leaving present. Here are the first fruits. I’ve ordered a rollbar mount so that I can mount the camera above my head for the next race 🙂