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Is Copy and Paste Programming really a problem?

Copy and Paste Programming – taking a copy of existing code in your project and repurposing it – violates coding best practices like Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY). It’s one of ...
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My Problem With Your Interviews

This article comes right after Facebook rejected me after 3 phone interviews, but it is not going to be a hate-post. In fact, I’ve been planning to write it for a couple of months. ...
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Analysis of software developer’s competency – Choosing a right team member

In this post I shall try to explain an approach for estimating developer’s skills. The approach is still as a concept, which lacks some concrete decisions, but you can choose the ...
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Quotes relating to System Design

There are a few quotes I think of when thinking about computer design. These are not specifically about computers, but I think they are appropriate. Perfection is achieved, not when ...
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Git vs. SVN – Commandline Syntax Reference

Learning the git workflow takes a bit of brain retraining, but since I’ve been using SVN almost entirely via commandline (because Subversive sucks and locks up my Eclipse when ...
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Diversity in Open Source Projects

I’ve been talking a lot about diversity lately. There are, of course, different kinds of diversity; but when I talk about diversity, I tend to mean diversity in the organizations ...
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Defensive Programming: Being Just-Enough Paranoid

Hey, let’s be careful out there. Sergeant Esterhaus, daily briefing to the force of Hill Street Blues When developers run into an unexpected bug and can’t fix it, they’ll “add ...
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Git in colour

I’ve been using Git for a while now, but only today realized I can have coloured output for diff, grep, branch, show-branch and status, without having to hook in any other external ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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