Spolsky’s Link Fu

By Deane Barker on April 3, 2005

I love reading Joel Spolsky. The guy is so smart it makes your eyes water sometimes. I just read his five-part series on The Road to FogBugz 4.0. It was actually just so-so for Spolsky, but that’s still really good for anyone else.

What’s great about this stuff is the wicked link-fu he always has going on. Here are almost a half-dozen links I extracted from this series, any one of which could make a post all by itself.

  • A Plan for Spam. This is the original 2002 essay by Paul Graham that put Bayesian analysis and spam filtering together, and led to the most effective tool against spam we have these days.

  • Hugarian notation – it’s my turn now. This is a great essay about Apps Hungarian notation and why Spolsky claims it’s the only way to write code.

  • Brainf**k. An actual programming language with a 200 byte compiler and a name could couldn’t repeat to your mother.

  • Larkware. A seemingly excellent site about programming by Mike Gunderloy, who wrote this book. Spolsky wrote the forward, which is reprinted here.

  • The Hazards of Hiring. Yet another essay on how to manage staffing levels in a small company (something we’re struggling with right now).