I was just missing the old Paul Graham, the one who would write wisdom for the type of programmer that I imagined myself to be. The most recent essay, Holding A Program In One's Head, is that treat I've been waiting for.
I would also add "Test Often". If perhaps you consider that's the same as #5... then I would still add "Test Real-Life Examples, not hypothetical use cases". To follow his line of thinking, the more actual cases you run the more those become a part of the whole package/scene running in your head.
Sorry, I meant #4 not #5. "Test Often" could be along the lines of "Keep rewriting..."
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