Category Archives: advancement of the self

Don’t like a new way of working? Just point out the absurdity of suggesting that the old way was broken: Somehow, the microservices folks have failed to notice all that software that was in fact delivered as monoliths. What the … Continue reading

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On books

I’d say that if there’s one easy way to summarise how I work, it’s as an information focus. I’m not great at following a solution all the way to the bitter end so you should never let me be a … Continue reading

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Working Effectively with Legacy Code

I gave a talk to my team at ARM today on Working Effectively with Legacy Code by Michael Feathers. Here are some notes I made in preparation, which are somewhat related to the talk I gave. This may be the … Continue reading

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Tsundoku

I only have the word of the internet to tell me that Tsundoku is the condition of acquiring new books without reading them. My metric for this condition is my list of books I own but have yet to read: … Continue reading

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Answer: none of them

A question programmers frequently ask when they’re considering career growth or personal learning is “which programming language should I learn next?” Why would learning another programming language help? If you only know one programming language and it is provided by … Continue reading

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I didn’t study computer science at school or university, and still manage to work as a programmer. That is not to say that I don’t need to know some things that are taught on computer science courses. Just this week … Continue reading

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Dogmatic paradigmatism

First, you put all of your faith in structured programming, and you got burned. You found it hard to associate the operations in your software with the data upon which they act, and to make sure that the expectations made … Continue reading

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In which I interview so you don’t have to

Describing job interviews for technical roles in the software industry to people who have left or have always been outside the software industry requires two things: patience on the part of the one doing the describing, and the ability for … Continue reading

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Turn it off and back on again

I’m now six months into what I expected to be about a year out of working in technology, and I’m starting to think about what comes next and trying to make it happen. The difficulty I have is that it’s … Continue reading

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Clown Trousers

An indirect side effect of stopping programming is that none of my trousers fit any more. People who like to explain things before they have all the facts (or “programmers” as we sometimes call them) will justify this observation by … Continue reading

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