Jeremiah Flaga My thoughts and experiences on programming, life, atbp.

On the 48 Laws of Power


A friend told me about these 48 Laws of Power many months ago.

I tried to google for it a few days after I heard about it.

(I already knew about the “friend being envious” part.)

But after reading Law #2, “Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies, I said to myself, “Learn to use enemies? Create enemies if you don’t have one? :open_mouth: Wut!? I don’t want to create enemies! And if someone wants me to become their enemy, I want to distance myself from them! This is nonsense!”

Crab Mentality might not be a Filipino-only problem


A few days ago, browsing through my LinkedIn feeds brought me to this article: “That Crab Mentality”

“It was a year or so when I first moved here that I heard people talk about Crab Mentality. I assumed it was a food dish, but as it happens it is something that is in the Philippines genes, and it is not that pleasant.

“I suppose it comes down to JEALOUSY!” - John Grant

It reminded me, again, about this important thing I learned from “How to Win Friends and Influence People” about ten years ago:

Proverbs 9:17 "Stolen water is sweet. Stolen bread tastes good."


[supposed to be posted last March 16, 2017 :smile:]

“Stolen water is sweet. Stolen bread tastes good.”

Yes! That phrase is from the Bible – Proverbs 9:17 of the Easy-to-Read Version.

If you do not believe me, read it in your Bible for yourself! Or google for it!

Why am I transcribing Uncle Bob Martin's talks?


Why am I transcribing (some of) some of Uncle Bob Martin’s talks? (And some of the other masters’ talks?)

I will not able to read everything Uncle Bob has read and I will not be able to experience everything Uncle Bob has experienced (Also, I don’t want to experience some of his bad experiences. :smile:)

Expecting Professionalism by Uncle Bob Martin


Last Saturday, May 6, while travelling back to Kidapawan from Davao, I was listening to Uncle Bob’s talk on “Expecting Professionalism”.

Here are my notes.

Programming by wishful thinking and why we need to read


Having been influenced by the idea of TDD (even though I have never done it before) and the idea of “respecting levels of abstraction”, (and the Clean Code book of course), in my recent tasks at work, because we do not have tests, I just make myself imagine that the UI layer (the Presenters, Controllers, etc.) contains the tests.

The SOLID Principles (and Chris Klug's take on it)



  • S – Single Responsibility Principle (SRP)
  • O – Open/Closed Principle (OCP)
  • L – Liskov Substitution Principle (LSP)
  • I – Interface Segregation Principle (ISP)
  • D – Dependency Inversion Principle (DIP)

Only last year did I become aware of the importance of the SOLID (or SDOLI) Principles. I heard about these principles many years ago when I was just beginning my career as a software developer but I did not give much time understanding them. I concentrated instead on learning about frameworks and technologies which Uncle Bob calls “the details” instead of the center of our application.

My third physical book on programming: Growing Object-Oriented Software Guided By Tests


Dr. Jason Lisle's facebook post on induction


Dr. Jason Lisle is the author of the book “The Ultimate Proof of Creation”.

The Ultimate Proof of Creation - Book

A few days ago, he posted something on facebook about induction. There are two people who asked questions about it and Dr. Lisle answered them.

I’m interested about discussions like that so I’m going to put that discussion here in my blog so that it will not be lost on facebook. We seldom see discussions like this so I believe it is very important for them not to be lost.

Also, I’m not claiming that I understand everything in that discussion but I’m putting them here so that I/you can easily refer to it someday when I/we are already well equipped to understand them. :smile:

The future of programming by Uncle Bob Martin


Like I said before, I really like listening to Uncle Bob Martin’s talks.

Last Friday, while riding home from Davao, I listened to his talk on “The Future of Programming”.