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With the recent holidays, along with a hint of flu season, things have slowed down a bit, and I’ve finally had some free time to go back and watch a few of the talks I missed at RubyConf this year (recordings are available here). Notably, I also took the opportunity to re-watch Jonathan Dahl’s talk on Aristotle and the Art of Software Development. For anyone who missed it, I highly recommend you check it out. It was, in my opinion, one of the best talks of the conference.
You may be wondering what philosophy has to do with writing software. Watch the video. Listen to what Jonathan has to say. I believe fairly strongly that questions of how we think, how we communicate, how we interact with one another, etc. will become increasingly, and overshadowingly, important as the software industry continues to grope its way toward some sense of what it is we’re all doing, and what it means to do it well.