Adventures in Code

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“Adventures in Code“ is the name of a regular column I've been editing for the IEEE Software magazine since 2023. Although I see value in passing on knowledge through formal lectures, books, research articles, and training, I find that storytelling can often be a more engaging and effective method. It’s one society has used for millennia through oral tradition; think of Homer’s shipbuilding description in Odyssey (5.234–53). Or, as Margaret Atwood put it: “You’re never going to kill storytelling, because it’s built into the human plan. We come with it.”

Based on this concept, the column’s aim is to share advice as well as classic and cutting-edge knowledge through personal experiences in code crafting. The following columns have been published so far.

If you have a suitable story you’d like to share, drop me an email with a short pitch to discuss it. If you like these columns, you might also be interested in the preceding Tools of the Trade series.

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