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Disassembling Tell Don’t Ask

In my last blog I defined Tell Don’t Ask (TDA) using a simple shopping cart example. In it the shopping cart was responsible for working out the total cost of the items in the cart as opposed to the client asking for a list of i ...
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Working with legacy code

Context Large organisations’ systems may have from tens of thousands to a few million lines of code and a good part of those lines is legacy code. By legacy code I mean code without tests. Many of these systems started being ...
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Here Is The Main Reason Why You Suck At Interviews

I’ve talked about interviews from one perspective or another on several occasions, you might even say it is a pet subject of mine. It’s fascinating because most people are no good at interviews and when it comes to dev ...
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Setup Git server with read/write HTTPS on Debian

Three months ago we decided to move our projects to Git. I guess you already know the advantages of Git over Subversion, as there are too many discussions for this subject. I will describe here a fast and minimal configuration of ...
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Mentorship in Software Craftsmanship

First, a little bit of background and metaphor In the medieval times, apprentices would work in workshops an would be mentored by senior craftsmen (journeymen) or by the master craftsman himself. The apprentice had the responsibi ...
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A Tale of Two Cultures: Hackers and Enterprise Developers

Today I found myself thinking again of what I see as two distinct cultures in the development world: Hackers and Enterprise Developers. This really isn’t any kind of a rant just an observation that I’ve been thinking over late ...
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A SMALL cross-section of BIG Data

Big data is a term applied to data sets whose size is beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, manage, and process the data within a tolerable elapsed time. Big data sizes are a constantly moving target curre ...
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Overview of the basics of versioning

Why use version control? Versioning is a crucial key of the development process for several reasons best described through the lack of versioning:Want to see a great piece of code that was refactored out, deleted or otherwise lo ...
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Junior Developers – Anthropological Review

Junior Developers…You can’t live with them and it is illegal to shoot them. Well, except maybe for our North Korean readers. So how the hell can you pass software development knowledge to someone who thinks that Maven ...
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Open Source Rules of Engagement

The Eclipse Development Process (EDP) defines–in its section on principles–three open source rules of engagement: Openness, Transparency, and Meritocracy: Open – Eclipse is open to all; Eclipse provides the same opportunity ...
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