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Quotes from Clean Code

Back in 2013 I read the book Clean Code by Robert C. Martin, and in an effort to keep that book alive with me a little while longer, I decided to make my own “Cliffs Notes” version of the book on this page. One of my favorite notes from below is that a language named LOGO used the keyword to in the same way that Scala uses def, so a method named double would be defined as to double... instead of def double..., which seems like it would help developers name methods better.

LOGO used “TO” like Scala and Ruby use “def”

I ran across the following page in the book Clean Code, and it really caught my attention. In short, there is a programming language named LOGO that apparently used to keyword TO in the same way languages like Scala and Ruby use “def.” This is described near the bottom of the page in the following image, in the area I highlighted:

Clean Code - The TO keyword in the LOGO programming language

I’ve never used LOGO, but that sounds like a clever approach, and since I ran across this discussion, I have to say, it’s had an effect on my methods. Every time I type “def,” I think “TO,” and it makes me think a little bit more about how I want to write my method.

For more information on book, check out the Clean Code book.

Zen Foundation business card

While I’m writing about art in business marketing materials, this was my attempt at designing a business card for my Zen Foundation business (charity). This design doesn’t blow me away either, but I enjoyed drawing the image and struggling with the fonts and alignment.

FWIW, I sketched this image during the same vacation in Seward where I sketched my Valley Programming logo. I’m not sure why exactly, but on that trip I “got drunk on art,” then thought I was a great artist and started sketching things.

Valley Programming postcard

When I lived in Palmer, Alaska I created a business named Mat-Su Valley Programming, which I quickly changed to Valley Programming. I did a lot of research on local businesses and then started mailing out postcards like this one. Years later I still don’t like the postcard, but I do like the logo, which I sketched on an iPad when I was on short vacation in Seward, Alaska.

(I have this theory that things like postcards should be like art, where the person receiving it thinks, “Darn, I hate when people mail unsolicited crap to me, but I just can’t bring myself to throw this one out because I like the way it looks.” I’m not an artist enough to pull that off, but that’s my theory.)