May 04, 2021 by Gabe | [mmd] |

I read a lot of technical papers and books. None are as fun as the comic-esque explainers from Wizardzines. Now, Julia Evans has put everything online, including incomplete comics and single topics such as Sort & Uniq

Wizardzines are wonderful little tutorials that don’t just make good references (or posters) but are more succinct than most technical books.

I suggest going all in for a hundred bucks. That gets you all of the completed comics like Bite Size Bash, which is just a lovely overview of a good chunk of Bash.

I'm really thankful for creative smart people like Julia Evans. What a nice contribution to the world.

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