I’m trying to keep timeless articles here, so there’s no links on new frameworks, DBs, etc., because they’re getting old the moment they’re posted.

Bookmarks / Productivity

A manifesto for a happy creative life Eric Karjaluoto on the importance of practice. “People often confuse doodling with practice. Good practice isn’t solely about doing what you want, or what feels good. To improve, you need to force yourself to do work that’s challenging, and perhaps beyond your current capabilities.” read... C++ for JavaScript developer Learning C++ makes you a better JavaScript developer. read... Confront reality Aaron Swartz on the importance of tasks you might fail. “Mere practice isn’t enough — you can sit and make predictions all day without getting any better at it — it needs to be a kind of practice where you receive immediate informative feedback and knowledge of results.” read... Don’t panic Quotes from Chad Fowler, the author of “The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development” book. read... Don’t worry about your productivity, worry about you Nathanael Silverman on why you should take your time and immerse in what you are doing. “Sometimes I do nothing, because sometimes nothing needs to be done.” read... Existential depression in gifted individuals James Webb on existential depression among gifted young people and how to fight it. “In such depression, gifted children typically try to find some sense of meaning, some anchor point which they can grasp to pull themselves out of the mire of “unfairness.” Often, though, the more they try to pull themselves out, the more they become acutely aware that their life is finite and brief, that they are alone and are only one very small organism in a quite large world, and that there is a frightening freedom regarding how one chooses to live one's life.” read... Forget the last one. Do the next one. Zack Shapiro on how to remain productive when you accomplished something. “If you did something good, don’t dwell on it, do the next one.” read... Getting Too Absorbed in Your Side Projects Dave Bennett on side projects. “Finding the right balance that allows me to work on my side project on some days, then get back to other aspects of my life on other days. The hardest thing is finding the mental comfort to let my side project sit for a couple of days and being fine with prolonging the time it will take to finish it.” read... How To Be Successful Sam Altman on habits of successful people. “The most successful people I know are primarily internally driven; they do what they do to impress themselves and because they feel compelled to make something happen in the world.” read... How exercise fuels the brain Gretchen Reynolds’ article on how sports can boost brain activity. read...