Robert LaThanh

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" What about Weak references? "
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Effective Java by Joshua Bloch
Generally speaking, whenever a class manages its own memory, the programmer should be alert for memory leaks. Whenever an element is freed, any object references contained in the element should be nulled out.
Is there any way to improve this or make this better at a language level? I don't think so...
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The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
The market is a pendulum that forever swings between unsustainable optimism (which makes stocks too expensive) and unjustified pessimism (which makes them too cheap). The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists.
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Competing Against Luck by Clayton M. Christensen
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Robert and 6 other people liked Joe Soltzberg's review of Snow Crash:
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
"This book is essentially Tron + The Matrix in manga/anime style, but in book form (along with some historical tie-ins like a Dan Brown novel). All in all it makes for a pretty good, albeit chaotic, book. It's a hard book to summarize. So take a lo..." Read more of this review »
Robert and 4 other people liked Michael Economy's review of Snow Crash:
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
"stephenson has some really awesome ideas, but it really gets on my nerves how nerdy he can be. like having to explain about powers of 2 like 4-5 times per book, or having the main character ride motorcycles with a ninja sword..... totally overkill..." Read more of this review »
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The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
“The problem with the designs of most engineers is that they are too logical. We have to accept human behavior the way it is, not the way we would wish it to be.”
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“Rule of thumb: if you think something is clever and sophisticated beware-it is probably self-indulgence.”
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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
" Ditto on agreeing that his narration made this book, and that his storytelling was entertaining, educational, and inspiring on a variety of serious to ...more "
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Winston S. Churchill
“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”
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Mario Andretti
“If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.”
Mario Andretti

Bill Gates
“Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.”
Bill Gates

Walter Kirn
“Leslie Titmuss bothered me. His name, it made me want to sneeze. I also thought I recognized it. I typed it into my laptop, a procedure that had lately held far too much suspense for me. Among the top results the search returned was a page from GoodReads, a literary website.”
Walter Kirn, Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade

Ed Catmull
“I tend to flood and freeze up if I’m feeling overwhelmed. When this happens, it’s usually because I feel like the world is crashing down and all is lost. One trick I’ve learned is to force myself to make a list of what’s actually wrong. Usually, soon into making the list, I find I can group most of the issues into two or three larger all-encompassing problems. So it’s really not all that bad. Having a finite list of problems is much better than having an illogical feeling that everything is wrong.”
Ed Catmull, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

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