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“If having a coffee in the morning doesn’t wake you up, try deleting a table in a production database instead.”

Juozas Kaziukenas

“Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero” (Aprovecha el día, no confíes en el mañana.)

Horacio en Odas

1. Get continuous rest.
2. Wake up early.
3. Eat healthy and exercise.
4. Meditate.
5. Plan.
6. Focus on high leverage activities.
7. Acquire new skills.
8. Read.
9. Interact with doers.
10. Reflect & evaluate.

Zdravko Cvijetic en 10 daily habits that will improve your life

“Please don’t get creative on the backend where performance and security matter.”

gnus-migrate en reddit

“Good cooking takes time. If you are made to wait, it is to server you better, and to please you.”

“One types the correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life, showing things that never were nor could be.”

Fred Brooks

“We want to see pride of ownership. ‘I wrote this, and I stand behind my work.’ Your signature should come to be recognized as an indicator of quality. People should see your name on a piece of code and expect it to be solid, well written, tested, and documented. A really professional job. Written by a real professional. A Pragmatic Programmer.”

“Use saboteurs to test your testing.”

“Rather than construction, software is more like gardening- it is more organic than concrete. You plan many things in a garden according to an initial plan and conditions. Some thrive, others are destined to end up as compost. You may move plantings relative to each other to take advantage of the interplay of light and shadow, wind and rain. Overgrown plants get split or pruned, and colors that clash may get moved to more aesthetically pleasing locations. You pull weeds, and you fertilize plantings that are in need of some extra help. You constantly monitor the health of the garden, and make adjustments (to the soil, the plants, the layout) as needed.”

“Test Early. Test Often. Test Automatically.”

“Prototyping is a learning experience. Its values lies not in the code produced, but in the lessons learned. That’s really the point of prototyping.”

“Two or more things are orthogonal if changes in one do not affect any of the others. In a well-designed system, the database code will be orthogonal to the user interface: you can change the interface without affecting the database, and swap databases without changing the interface.”

“DRY Principle:

Every piece of knowledge must have a single, unambiguous, authoritative representation within a system.

DRY = Don’t Repeat Yourself”

“What you’re trying to do is foster and environment where it’s easier to find and reuse existing stuff than to write it yourself. If it isn’t easy, people won’t do it. And if you fail to reuse, you risk duplicating knowledge.”

“Managing a knowledge portfolio is very similar to managing a financial portfolio:

  1. Serious investors invest regularly- as a habit.
  2. Diversification is the key to long-term success.
  3. Smart investors balance their portfolios between conservative and high-risk, high-reward investments.
  4. Investors try to buy low and sell high for maximum return.
  5. Portfolios should be reviewed and rebalanced periodically.”

“How do you react when someone- such as a bank teller, an auto mechanic or a clerk -comes to you with a lame excuse? What do you think of them and their company as a result?”

The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master

“Clinging on to something that’s not relevant anymore. Something that’s not used anymore. That’s used wrong. That’s a construction ruin.”

Jens Oliver Meiert

”… applications programming is basically a paper and pencil business. A programmer doesn’t see that much of a computer.”

N. R. Kleinfield

“Programmers can have computer state whatever they want then it conies across an error, anything from dry, There’s an error to Contratulations, bimbo, you’ve done it again

“It must be remembered that the computer is very unforgiving. If you tell a clerk to do something and your instructions are a shade off, the clerk will modify them and get the job done. The computer does precisely what you tell it. Your instructions can be 99.9 percent correct, and the computer won’t do what you intended. You’re all right or all wrong.”

George McMahon

“To err is human; to really foul things up requires a computer.”

Bill Vaughan

“Waiting for an event insted of waiting for a period of time is the preferred way of testing asynchronous systems.”

Gojko Adzic et al., en Fifty quick ideas to improve your tests

“What is a good lamp? It is no the most elaborate, the finest wrought, that of the most precious metal. A good lamp is a lamp that gives good light.”

Charles Wagner en The Simple Life

“Frameworks, architectures, and tools will change. But, no developer will want to read bloated, ambiguously-named and inconsistently-designed code a few years from now. Writing is the constant in programming that won’t change anytime soon. It’s what I invest heavily in.”

Ka Wai Cheung

“A steady flow of distractions from other people may make us feel important, needed, or wanted, but feeling important and accomplishing importance are completely different things.”

“We are people that too often give control of our most precious asset to another. We fall under the influence of substances, possessions, or entertainment. When we do, our life is no longer our own.”

Joshua Becker

“Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes.”


“Routine of ignorance and inaction perpetuate destructive systems.”

Roberto Bolaño en Horror, Beauty, and the Infrareal

“In his recent articles, Marx says that some time in the mid-19th century, the intention and direction of technology changed. Technologya went from a means to humanitarian progress to an end itself. The idea of progress, which had once meant an improvement in the human condition, became equated directly to technology. Progress was technology, technology was progress.”

Alan Lightman en Prisoners of the Wired World

  1. Formulate your question.

  2. Gather your information.

  3. Apply the information.

  4. Consider the implications.

  5. Explore other points of view.

Samantha Agoos en vídeo 5 tips to improve your critical thinking

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sdriv3r en reddit

“You think this world is a terrible place? It is. Make it better. Do better. Be better. That’s strength.”

Luther Strode

“En los momento de dificultad, el demonio de la pereza nos dice: ¿para qué todo esto?”

“Recuerda la afirmación de Leibniz de que no hay ningún libro tan malo del que no se pueda sacar algo de provecho.”

“No se necesitan facultades extraordinarias para llevar a cabo una obra; basta con las ordinarias bien administradas.”

Joaquín Muñoz Traver hablando sobre La vida intelectual de A.D. Sertillanges

“As deceptively simple as this may seem, many leaders often struggle to translate their strategic concepts into a single ‘from X to Y by When’ finish line. But once they’ve donde it, both they, and all the team they lead, have gained tremendous clarity.”

“People play differently when they are keeping score. It’s not about you keeping score for them.”

The 4 disciplines of execution

“Escena de la calle:
Balcones a ambos lados, lenguas de luz y sonido derramadas sobre el asfalto por una decena de pequeño bares, la calzada abarrotada de gente. Me paseo con la mujer que maté la semana pasada e intento seguir una conversación sobre gatos.”

Richard Morgan en Carbono Alterado

“You will only succeed by tackling the problem one task at a time.”


“The Earth, the stars, the Sun, forever… all of these, in my hand.”

Robert Oppenheimer

“Good feedback should:

  1. Be given in a positive context.
  2. Use constructive and positive language.
  3. Focus on behaviors and strategies.
  4. Be tailored to the needs of the individual.
  5. Be a two-way communication process.”


“What did I call the place beyond pain, beyond loss, and beyond sacrifice?


Werner Von Braun

“Modern communications make it appear easy to be available 247. But this illusion can be very disruptive, as all our contacts, both friends and colleagues, know they can speak to our contact us at any time.”

Techniques to Minimize Interruptions at Work

“I emerge from my book like I’m freshly returned from a week-long vacation. My mind is clear, my heart is full, and I am tremendously happy. So what if I only had popcorn for dinner last night? I’ve explored new worlds, made fictional friends, and arrived back on earth all the better for it.”

Nicki Porter, editorial en The Writer, Septiembre 2018

“The problems is that ‘bad men obey their lusts as servants obey their masters’ and because they cannot control their desires, they can never find contentment.”

“We’re unhappy because we’re insatiable. After working hard to get what we want, we lose interest in the object of our desire. Rather than feeling satisfied, we feel a bit bored, and in response to this boredom, we go on to form new, even grander desires.”

William Irvine en A guide to the good life the ancient art of Stoic joy

“Be thrifty and thoughtful about where your money goes. Remember, it’s a lot easier to spend it than earn it.”

“Is your day by design of by default?”

J.D. Meier

“An addiction to distraction is the death of creative production.”

Robin Sharma

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Winston Churchill

“Estamos gordos de teoría y anoréxicos de práctica”

“Al final, si la buscas siempre habrá una solución.”

“Empieza ordenando físicamente y estarás ordenando tu mente al mismo tiempo.”

“La idea es hacer menos cosas, pero más significativas porque no puedo hacer todo, tener todo ni conseguir todo, elijo hacer mejor lo que es esencial.”

Miguel de Luis Espinosa

“Si no sabes lo que estás haciendo no valoras lo que haces.”

Teresa Riutort

“El adulto creativo es el niño que ha sobrevivido.”

Úrsula K. Leguin

“La pereza hace que todo sea difícil, la diligencia lo hace todo fácil.”

Benjamin Franklin

“Es más fácil abandonar un mal hábito hoy que mañana.”

Proverbio Yiddish

“You can feel sore tomorrow or you can feel sorry tomorrow. You choose.”


“If you haven’t been able to achieve something, today is the best time to start working towards it again.”


“Why complain about yesterday, when you can make a better tomorrow by making the most of today?”


“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.”

Conrad Hilton

“Dream is not what you see in sleep dream is something which doesn’t let you sleep.”

A.P.J.Abdul Kalam

“Do it badly;do it slowly;do it fearfully;do it any way you have to, but do it.”

Steve Chandler

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

Thomas Jefferson

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“To begin, begin.”

William Wordsworth

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Arthur Ashe

“If you don’t build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.”


“You don’t have to be great to start. But you do have to start to be great.”


“I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.”

Johnathan Swift

“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.”

Richard Whately

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.”


“No matter how you feel, Get up, dress up, show up and never give up.”


“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to be yourself.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

William James

“You have to learn the rules of the game . And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

Albert Einstein

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“Puy your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”

Swami Sivananda

“Controla tu imaginación, domina los sentimientos de tu corazón, apaga tus deseos y procura que tu alma sea dueña de sí misma.”

“A veces es uno tan injusto sin hacer nada como haciendo algo.”

Marco Aurelio, Meditaciones