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Comments are for Losers

If software development is like driving a car then comments are road signs along the way. Comments are purely informational and do NOT affect the final machine code. Imagine how much ...
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What does Code Ownership do to Code?

In my last post, I talked about Code Ownership models, and why you might want to choose one code ownership model (strong, weak/custodial or collective) over another. Most of the arguments ...
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Fallacies of massively distributed computing

In the last few years, we see the advent of highly distributed systems. Systems that have clusters with lots of servers are no longer the sole realm of the googles’ and facebooks’ ...
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Efficiency is for Losers

Focusing on efficiency and ignoring effectiveness is the root cause of most software project failures. Effectiveness is producing the intended or expected result. Efficiency is the ...
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Login Tokens In Email Links

Your system is probably sending some emails. Sometimes these emails contain links to the public part of the site, sometimes they have links to the authentication-protected part. Either ...
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Git Explained: For Beginners

I’m working with Git now for about two years but only for my personal projects and those I have on GitHub. At work we still use TFS and SVN (as of now). Recently Paolo Perrotta came ...
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Code Ownership – Who Should Own the Code?

A key decision in building and managing any development team is agreeing on how ownership of the code will be divided up: who is going to work on what code; how much work can be, and ...
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Debuggers are for Losers

Code defects are not planned; they are accidents that result from an inability to understand execution flow under different input conditions. But just as airbags are the last line ...
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Polymorphism and Inheritance are Independent of Each Other

Flexible programs focus on polymorphism and not inheritance.  Some languages focus on static type checking (C++, Java, C#) which links the concepts and reduces polymorphic opportunities. ...
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The Art of War: How it Applies to Software

Sun Tzu wrote: War is of vital importance to the state; hence it is a subject of inquiry which can on no account be neglected In our modern world, software is of vital importance to ...
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