Excerpts and notes from the “Soft Skills” book

A couple of years ago, I was reading the book entitled “Soft Skills” by John Sonmez. The book was super useful to me especially that I was exploring ways to improve my soft skills and learn all the tricks I can regarding how to start my own business, organize my time, etc.

In this blog post, I share with you some of the takeaways and excerpts from that book.

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Cryptocurrency acronyms

If you are in cryptocurrency, then you might have encountered one or more of the following acronyms and wondered what they meant. Here you go:

  • FUD: Fear, uncertainty and doubt. A propaganda to lower prices.
  • FOMO: Fear out of missing. This is when you invest out of fear and not of educated decisions.
  • HODL: Misspelling for “hold”. People say HODL so that you don’t sell your BTC and hang on unto them.
  • Mooning: Price going up extremely high.
  • FIAT: Government-issued currency, such as the US dollar.
  • Whale: Someone who owns lots of cryptos. They might sells them to manipulate the prices.
  • Bullish: An expectation that the price is going to increase.
  • Bearish: An expectation that the price is going to decrease.
  • ATH: All time high. The highest price a coin has ever been
  • Market Cap: Total supply x Current price
  • ICO: Initial Coin Offering. Like IPO for the stock market
  • ROI: Return on investment
  • Cold storage: Storing the crypto coins offline. Be it on a paper wallet or a hardware wallet.

Note: This is a live post and will be updated with new acronyms in the future.

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Documentation is like sex!

Documentation is like sex.

When it’s good, it’s very good.
When it’s bad, it’s better than nothing.

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Batchography: Polyglot Batch files and C++ – Self compiling C++ script

This article is part of the Batchography articles series and today, I am going to show you how to write a valid Batch file that is also a valid C/C++ file. The Batch file part of the source can do anything, however in this article, its sole purpose will be to compile itself and run the compile C++ program.

Let’s get started with the Polyglot source code:

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Programming with Emojis

I ran into the EmojiCode website. Emojicode is an open-source, full-blown programming language consisting of emojis.

I personally did not like that language, but it is worthwhile mentioning:

No idea what that code does…I don’t care 😉

Meanwhile, if you are a C++ programmer, enjoy the following, legitimate, piece of code that redefine keywords into emojis and then the fun starts:

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Zipping all files in a Git repository


This is a quick / reference post illustrating how to archive (zip format) all the files in a branch in a Git repository.

From the command prompt, type:

git archive --format=zip -o files.zip master


  1. The “–format” argument lets you specify the archive type. I used the zip file format
  2. The “-o” argument lets you specify the output file name
  3. master” is the name of the branch to be archived.


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strtok() C++ wrapper

In this article, I share with you a simple C++ class that wraps the string tokenization function strtok(). The QuickTokenizer class makes it easy to tokenize and enumerate the tokens in a thread-safe manner.

The class code

class QuickTokenizer
  char *buf;
  char *token;
  char *ctx;

  void FreeBuffers()
    if (this->token != NULL)
      this->token = NULL;
    if (this->buf != NULL)
      this->buf = NULL;

  QuickTokenizer() : buf(NULL), token(NULL)


  const char *Tokenize(
    const char *str,
    const char *tok)

    this->buf = _strdup(str);
    this->token = _strdup(tok);

    return strtok_s(buf, token, &ctx);

  const char *NextToken()
    return strtok_s(NULL, token, &ctx);


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