About Bits and Pieces

My name is Derk-Jan Karrenbeld. I own a software agency, I have freelanced, and I am an open-source enthusiast. For about ten years I was part of (water) Scouting Nautilus. I used to take part in both sailing and ballroom dancing competitions. Now I thoroughly enjoy karaoke and sing in a pop-choir.

As for bits and pieces: In 2015 I wrote a short poem based on some challenge, which has since been the 404 page of the company website. Here it is in full:

Bits. And pieces.

By Derk-Jan Karrenbeld published on
Bits. Bits and pieces. Bits and Bytes. I see the spinner whilst it compiles. Waiting. Chunks of code. Bits and pieces. My mind reduced to machinery; logic; harsh, rude and singular truth.

I type. I save. I press the button. I watch the spinner.

Code lights up as exceptions are thrown. Thrown exceptions, breaking the code in bits and pieces. Like a CPU, my mind goes into overdrive, heating up ever so slightly. Where did I go wrong, what did I do wrong. I think, I linger.

I type. I save. I press the button. I watch the spinner.

“It works for me”, “Not enough information”, “By Design”. Writing on the interwebs can only answer my lingering questions so much. Piece by piece I will find the solution and write the code, from mind to machinery.

I type. I save. I want to press the button

My mind wanders and I am lost.

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