Welcome to Still Computing! You’re reading the first issue of a weekly newsletter for curious programmers, largely written by members of the Recurse Center community. We’re planning a 12-week series of issues, and we’ll be writing about modernizing legacy systems, tracking your personal data without being tracked, programming as a creative endeavor, and much more.
We’ve experimented with publications before. We ran Code Words, a journal of technical writing, for about two years. We currently publish a link to a neat project from a Recurser daily on Joy of Computing, and we have a blog. So, why a newsletter?
There’s something nice about receiving a newsletter at a regular interval, and not having to visit a website or check social media for new articles. A newsletter format also allows us to publish smaller things, of different types and levels of seriousness, in a beautifully designed (thanks to Tiff Tseng!), coherent way. That mix of ideas and writing better captures what RC is like and, we hope, has something interesting for everyone.
In this issue, we’re focusing on learning and making decisions. Maren Beam explores how she came to understand APIs, and we dive into handling fear, impostor syndrome, and asking questions. We also have some great Recurser answers to the eternal question: “How do you manage your feelings and expectations around wanting to learn all the things and build all the projects?”
We hope you like it!
P.S. We're still working out some bugs, so if this email doesn't look right, please send us a screenshot. In the interim, you can read it on the web.