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Hi. All my current writing is over at Audacious Fox, and I'd love to show you around. Thanks for reading.

What matters

Family, friends, and the people around you matter. Helping these people matters too. One of the ways I try to help people is through creating software.

But software is only useful if it helps fix a real problem. As a programmer, it is my implicit job to find problems and break down ways to solve them. Here is where many, myself included, get lost.

I get caught up thinking the problem to be solved is a global one. It would be great if I did find a solution to some world-wide issue, but often my effort spent saving the world comes at the expense of local problems I may have the skills to actually fix.

Stop putting the weight of the world on your shoulders. Make a small real difference in the life of a real person. This is the core of empathetic, impactful software development, but it can be applied to many other disciplines.

In summary: 1) help people. 2) be happy.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013