Hello there, Happy New Year!
I hope your return to work is going peachy. 🍑 I’m in Kolkata for some top-secret work and if everything goes well, I’ll have some exciting news to share sometime next week. 🤞
I bought a bunch of books last week—I’m hoping to read (and write!) a lot more this year! I was also thinking about how to keep a track of this on my website, so if you have any ideas I’d love to hear them. (Someone already pointed me in the direction of Maggie Appleton’s Library page!)
Be Plainspoken — Andrew Bosworth // Boz It takes practice to communicate well. Being a great writer or communicator is a kind of superpower that makes nearly every aspect of your life easier. But with great power comes great responsibility; the clarifying power of language can also be used to confound.
Typing fast is a high-leverage skill — Brian Lovin Typing fast is the one of the highest leverage skills you can develop in tech. It doesn’t matter if you’re a designer, programmer, PM, or anything else — slow typing disrupts the creative process and makes it harder to enter flow.
Add Less — Cassidy Williams, CSS-Tricks When you’re about to start a new website, what do you think first? Do you start with a library or framework you know, like React or Vue, or a meta-framework on top of that, like Next or Nuxt? Do you pull up a speedy build tool like Vite, or configure your webpack?
Start at the beginning: the importance of learning the basics — Sophie Koonin If you’re an early-career developer, Twitter is overflowing with people tweeting great tips – and some absolute rubbish – about how to improve your skills and become better at your job. I’ve spoken to more than a few people who’ve asked me, “how should I start?”. And I tell everyone the same thing: learn the basics.
That’s all for now, have a great week!
Stay kind 💜