Welcome to Still Computing #2!
Still Computing is an email newsletter for curious programmers, largely written by members of the Recurse Center community.
The theme of this week’s issue is managing complexity over time. In her feature piece (an excerpt from her upcoming book), Marianne Bellotti shares some insights about the trade offs between coupling and complexity in systems design. We’ll also discuss working with legacy systems in and out of computing, and hear from some Recursers on their feelings about time zones (which are certainly an example of “managing complexity over time”!).
Like most people and organizations, we’ve been adjusting (and scrambling!) to react to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Last week we made the decision to move all our operations online starting this week, and we’re working to get Recursers in our current and upcoming batch set up with new processes for chatting and collaborating.
We were originally planning on publishing a new issue of Still Computing every week. But given the extra work we’re having to do to figure out how to run RC online, we’re changing our newsletter schedule: we’ll now send an issue once every two weeks. Issue #3 will go our on March 31st, and Issue #4 will go out on April 13th.
The one silver lining to all of this is that you can participate in our Spring 2 batch remotely, from wherever you are in the world, as we’re running it online. It will still be a full-time, community driven experience, and we’ll be sticking to our usual schedule of Monday-Friday, 11 am - 5 pm EST. So if you’ve always wanted to come to RC but never been able to make the logistics work for you, now’s your chance! Read more on our blog and apply page.
Enjoy the issue, and we hope you’re all staying safe and healthy!