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It’s OK to Ship Tests with Product

A product is a product, and testing is testing, and they should be kept separate, right?  The thinking goes that consumers would never want to test the product.  Of course they don’t, but they are not the only people in the field. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 10, 2017 in Coding, Design, practice

 

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When are “best practices” less than best?

A “best practice” is a heuristic which is used to guide early stages of a project, in order to set some patterns.  When should you use them?  More important: when are you justified in ignoring a best practice? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2017 in Coding, Design

 

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Jungles and Ski Gloves

Programming is an act of design, and in order for a programmer to do the job, they need to have a thorough understanding of the actual customer and actual situation.  An abstraction will not do, otherwise, it is like asking someone who lives in a jungle to design a pair of ski gloves. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2017 in Design, Uncategorized

 

Prefer JSON over XML for Data Structures

If you are going to exchange data structures between programs you have many choices.  Of these, JSON is the best choice in general, and specifically a better choice than XML, and this post explains why. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2016 in Design

 

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Two Kinds of Exceptions

An exception is a message from the system to the user about something that the program can not handle. There are a couple of main categories of exceptions: environmental and program logic. They warrant quite different treatment. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2016 in Coding, Design, Poor Error Msg, practice

 

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Incremental Development

I happened across this excellent and perfect depiction of incremental development.  The image addresses on of the key flaws in thinking that lead some agile projects to fail.  So let’s discuss a bit. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2016 in Coding, Design

 

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Don’t use URL-Encoding in REST path tokens

Standard are nice, but sometimes a misguided implementation attempting to protect people completely invalidates the benefit. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in Coding, Design

 

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