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Puzzling out the hidden solutions, like running through a labyrinth with a thousand undiscovered exits, is a joy known only to coding.

One of my top programming goals is to muster the courage to buy the complete The Art of Computer Programming by Donald Knuth. Another is to actually read a few pages.

In the meantime, I enjoy keeping a journal of practical coding knowledge that I stumble upon. Two recent entries to the journal are JavaScript’s variable and function hoisting and the happy ideal of monadic (or fewer) function arguments.

In all my projects, I prioritize speed and efficiency. Not only in the program’s namespace, but also in the programmer’s meatspace. When deadline’s loom, Donald Knuth’s advice is never more relevant: Premature optimization is the root of all evil.