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How I see developers and writing

Write the Docs EU, March 2014
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David Hooker

on 12 August 2014

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Transcript of How I see developers and writing

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I'm really proud
Hi
story
G
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O
T
T
O
GEEKS
SHALL
INHERIT
THE
EARTH
SOCIAL
SKILLS
Product Meeting
Thursdays
16:00
?
!
a: nothing
b: an apology
b: an apology
c: A point by point deconstruction of how the event was wrongly advertised to the company, and an invitation for everyone to debate their work priorities and how to solve scheduling conflicts
+1
She's pretty
smart
FIX
MY
PROBLEM
FIX
MY
EMOTIONS
INTEREST
This is an
Engineering
blog.
It's written by engineers
for engineers
.
BULL
SH*T

Matrix
INCEPTION
Matrix Revolutions
Matrix Reloaded
1. Start with the good
sh*t
.
A long time ago in a galaxy far,
far away...
...no one had the patience for
endless backstory
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way--in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
2. Keep sh*t
It was a
good
time...
but it was also a
sh*tty
time
simple
FOR SALE:
BABY SHOES,
NEVER WORN
Goodbye, mission control.
Thanks for trying.
Brought roses home.
Keys didn't fit.
Failed class. Attempted suicide. Failed again.
3. Write the
sh*t people say
That is a rule with which
up

I will not
put
.
and...
but...
5.206 - Beginning a sentence with a conjunction
There is a widespread belief—
one with no historical or grammatical foundation
—that it is an error to begin a sentence with a conjunction such as and, but, or so. In fact, a substantial percentage (often as many as 10 percent) of the sentences in
first-rate writing
begin with conjunctions. It has been so for centuries, and even the most conservative grammarians have followed this practice.
4. Don't
repeat

sh*t!
4.
Start with the
good sh*t
1.
Keep sh*t
simple
2.
people say
Write the sh*t
3.
4.
repeat sh*t.
Don't
We shall
go on to the end, we shall fight in France,
we shall
fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall
fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be,
we shall
fight on the beaches,
we shall
fight on the landing grounds,
we shall
fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall
fight in the hills;
we shall
never surrender,
We shall go on to the end, fighting in France, on the seas and oceans, and in the air.
We shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields and streets, and in the hills.
We shall never surrender
Elmore Leonard's
10
Rules of Writing
@hooker
david
j
It
doesn't matter
if you can tell an engineer wrote it.
+1
+1
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