Monthly Archives: September 2014

Quora Answer: I know almost nothing about the stock market but have strong programming skills. Will I be able to make profitable trading software?

I originally wrote this as an answer to a question on Quora. The world is littered with the empty wallets of engineers that approached the stock market as a math, algorithmic, or engineering problem. The largest investment banks all have algorithmic trading programs, and they often lose large chunks of money. And sometimes they make […]

Quora Answer: What are some ways that programming was better in the past?

I originally wrote this as an answer to a question on Quora. In the “bad old days” the actual programming work wasn’t much different, just worse. Monitors were smaller and lower-resolution, chairs more uncomfortable, you had to spend a lot more time waiting for the computer to finish what it was doing, hardware was much […]