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{ Monthly Archives } August 2012

It’s not @jnozzi’s fault!

My last post was about how we don’t use evidence-based techniques in software engineering. If we don’t rely on previous results to guide us, what do we use? The answer is that the industry is guided by anecdote. Plenty of people give their opinions on whether one thing is better than another and why, and […]

Does that thing you like doing actually work?

Genuine question. I’ve written before about Test-Driven Development, and I’m sure some of you practice it: can you show evidence that it’s better than (or, for that matter, evidence that it’s worse than) some other practice? Statistically significant evidence? How about security? Can you be confident that there’s a benefit to spending any money or […]

I made a web!

That is, I made a C program using the literate programming tool, CWEB. The product it outputs is, almost by definition, self-documenting, so find out about the algorithm and how I built it by reading the PDF. This post is about the process. Unsurprisingly I found it much more mentally taxing to understand a prose […]

A brief history of talking on the interwebs (or: why I’m not on app.net)

When I first went to university, I was part of an Actual September, though it took place in October. Going from a dial-up internet service shared with the telephone line to the latest iteration of SuperJANET with its multi-megabit connection to my computer opened many new possibilities for me and my peers. One of these […]