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Submission + - Reducing one amino acid could increase lifespan (

John Bryson writes: "Eating less of one amino acid might lengthen your life. There have been lots of previous studies showing that many species live long on highly restricted calories, but a lot of this benefit may be possible by only restricting one amino acid. Amino acids that have shown this have been tryptophan and methionine. A recent study, published online December 2 in Nature, a highly respected journal, may help explain some of the health benefits of restricted-calorie diets. Grandison, R.C., Piper, M.D.W., and Partridge, L. 2009. Amino-acid imbalance explains extension of lifespan by dietary restriction in Drosophila. Nature, published online Dec. 2. doi:10.1038/nature08619"

Comment Balance, my child (Score 1) 569

Contrary to some of the posts here, I think it's a good idea to pick one language to focus on, but to balance that with learning more general design/algorithm/etc. skills.

Don't get too caught up with the latest buzzwords. Do read a lot of books, and a lot of code, and do write small projects.

Pick one language, I'd suggest C++ or C#, to get very good at. As time passes buy every good book on that subject area, and really master the language and common idioms. Alternate time learning about that language with learning about more general things (operating systems, Win32 internals, Linux kernel, whatever you're interested in).

Consider the fact that you'll potentially be doing this for a very long time, and don't expect that you'll be an expert in anything in a year or two. It will take time. Hard work does pay off though.

My other suggestion is to read at least one soft-skill book for every two hard-skill books you learn, even if the soft-skill book is somewhat related to programming (e.g. a book on productivity for programmers). Examples would include books on time management, influencing others, communication skills, etc. Over time these skills pay off at least as much as the core programming skills, if not more.

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