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Persistence and perseverance – these are the two most important characteris

Persistence and perseverance – these are the two most important characteristics a startup founder should have.
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Less than a decade after the Great Exhibition, iron as a structural materia

Less than a decade after the Great Exhibition, iron as a structural material was finished—which makes it slightly odd that the most iconic structure of the entire century, about to rise over Paris, was made of that doomed material. I refer of course to th
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Builder pattern is more verbose than the telescoping constructor pattern, s

Builder pattern is more verbose than the telescoping constructor pattern, so it should be used only if there are enough parameters, say, four or more.
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

A second advantage of static factory methods is that, unlike constructors,

A second advantage of static factory methods is that, unlike constructors, they are not required to create a new object each time they're invoked.
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Imagine what the world might have been like if Larry and Sergey instead bec

Imagine what the world might have been like if Larry and Sergey instead became professors or took a job at Microsoft.
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Difficulty of subsistence made the invaders reduce the numbers of the army

Difficulty of subsistence made the invaders reduce the numbers of the army to a point at which it might live on the country during the prosecution of the war.
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

One advantage of static factory methods is that, unlike constructors, they

One advantage of static factory methods is that, unlike constructors, they have names.
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

There are humans, and there are ghosts. Vampires are just in a different st

There are humans, and there are ghosts. Vampires are just in a different state of transition. Not part of the human world and not part of the spirit world. We are just caught somewhere in between life and the real death.
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I can hazily remember, long ago, having adults — librarians, friends’ paren

I can hazily remember, long ago, having adults — librarians, friends’ parents — suggest to me that I liked books “with magic” because I wanted to escape from a reality that, by implication, I lacked the gumption to face.
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

I can see how James or Greene might agree with this point of view: the form

I can see how James or Greene might agree with this point of view: the former finds that the ugly old lamp no longer produces a genie when rubbed and the latter realizes he has nothing left to wish for.
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

There is an uncharacteristic radicalism to Lewis’s further suggestion that

There is an uncharacteristic radicalism to Lewis’s further suggestion that if we can find “even one reader to whom the cheap little book with its double columns and the lurid daub on its cover had been a lifelong delight, who had read and reread it, who w
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Shivering as she gripped the handle, she looked around the cabin one last t

Shivering as she gripped the handle, she looked around the cabin one last time. The uneasiness was still there. Why wouldn’t it leave her be?
Posted 1 month, 4 weeks ago

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