Your App Might be Making Your Users Fat

24. November 2014 Uncategorized 0
In his book The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhig recounts a series of studies that were done around people’s willpower. Researchers were trying to find out if willpower is like a muscle, something that can be trained. In one experiment, participants were told they were doing research on taste profiles. They were brought into a ...

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This week I was looking over a pull request at work and I noticed that there was a long-ish method in the code. This particular method was around 100 lines long. I know for some people that’s huge, for others, it’s tiny. As I read the method, I put a comment on the PR that ...