The CSSReboot is upon us.... and I've been thinking. Dangerous I know [more inside]
Dwight D. Eisenhower:
Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all.
Here's a great pair of articles on how to tell a story. In these cases, they are from a leadership perspective, but I think it distills the essence of what makes a good blog post.
In short, the four-part formula to good storytelling is:
- Somebody...(a person, actor, group)
- wanted...(what this person sought, desired, yearned for)
- but...(complication, obstacle, conflict)
- so...(resolution, climax, outcome, learning)
My third-grade son, who learned about writing stories a few weeks ago, could have told me this. Sometimes I can be a little dense ;-)
I have always believed that code is a form of art. It should not only serve the purpose for which it was written, but it should also be pleasing to the eye when read. Jeff Atwood at Coding Horror has posted part of an interview with Wayne Ratliff, the author of dBase. It sums up how I feel about code.