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This is a plain-text version of Bret Victor’s reading list. It was requested by hf on Hacker News.

Highly recommended things!

This is my five-star list. These are my favorite things in all the world.

A few of these works have had an extraordinary effect on my life or way of thinking. They get a sixth star. ★

aalhour / System
Created May 31, 2019 — forked from vasanthk/System
System Design Cheatsheet
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System Design Cheatsheet

Picking the right architecture = Picking the right battles + Managing trade-offs

Basic Steps

  1. Clarify and agree on the scope of the system
  • User cases (description of sequences of events that, taken together, lead to a system doing something useful)
    • Who is going to use it?
    • How are they going to use it?
aalhour / Dockerfile.bite_sized_networking
Created Apr 23, 2019 — forked from justanotherdot/Dockerfile.bite_sized_networking
A Dockerfile with (almost) all the tools mentioned in Bite Size Networking by Julia Evans
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# N.B. The only tool missing here that is mentioned in the document is `zenmap`
# purely because this image is intended to be run via a CLI and `zenmap` is a GUI
# to `nmap` i.e. one can play around with the tools by running:
# $ docker build --name bite_size_networking:latest .
# $ docker run --rm -d --name bsn_test bite_size_networking:latest
# $ docker exec -it bsn_test bash
# Alternatively, one can change the `ENTRYPOINT` to `["bash"]` and run:
aalhour /
Created Mar 29, 2019 — forked from jm3/
Cognitive Bias Codex

FWIW: I didn't produce the content present here. I've just copy-pasted it from somewhere over the Internet, but I cannot remember exactly the original source. I was also not able to find the author's name, so I cannot give him/her the proper credit.

Effective Engineer - Notes

What's an Effective Engineer?

aalhour /
Last active Oct 29, 2017 — forked from nst/
Elementary Cellular Automata PNG images generator. Based on Nicolas Seriot's gist (
#!/usr/bin/env python3
__author__ = "Ahmad Alhour"
__date__ = "2017-10-29"
__website__ = ""
Elementary Cellular Automata PNG images generator. Based on Nicolas Seriot's gist (
aalhour /
Created Jun 16, 2017 — forked from jamtur01/
Kickstarter Engineering Ladder
aalhour /
Created Feb 24, 2017 — forked from FSX/
A module for asynchronous PostgreSQL queries in Tornado.
#!/usr/bin/env python
__author__ = 'Frank Smit <>'
__version__ = '0.1.0'
import functools
import psycopg2
from tornado.ioloop import IOLoop, PeriodicCallback
aalhour /
Created Jan 15, 2017 — forked from danmackinlay/
an init.d script for supervisord
#! /bin/sh
# Provides: supervisord
# Required-Start: $remote_fs
# Required-Stop: $remote_fs
# Default-Start: 2 3 4 5
# Default-Stop: 0 1 6
# Short-Description: Example initscript
# Description: This file should be used to construct scripts to be
# placed in /etc/init.d.
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