Monday, November 17, 2014

First Post

Hello and welcome to the inane ramblings of an Irish software developer.

The title of the blog comes from Lewis Carroll's, Through the Looking Glass. In the book, Alice goes running with the Red Queen, but they don't seem to make any progress. Alice remarks on this, saying, "Well in our country, you'd generally get to somewhere else - if you ran very fast for a long time as we've been doing." The Red Queen replies, "A slow sort of country. Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to stay in the same place." The Red Queen Effect is quite applicable to the software industry, and as I probably will be talking quite a bit about the software industry, I thought it would be a good name for a blog.

I have a few objectives for my new blog. By writing here, I hope to learn how to write well. That is, I hope to learn how to write clearly and concisely, and be interesting at the same time. I also hope that this blog will become a good professional advertisement for me - something that says, "Yup. That guy is a decent programmer."

Specific things I hope to talk about here will include my favourite programming languages, good books that I have read, and interesting things that I have learned. I hope you find something of value here.