Weighty Responsibility

30. June 2014 Uncategorized 0
Tomorrow morning we’re kicking off the first real sprint on a new project. I’ve been working on this project full time for about 3 weeks now. It’s a project that, for me, started back in January with an RFP. Another coworker and I spent 2 weeks combing through the RFP and coming up with an ...

When all you know are objects…

19. May 2014 Uncategorized 0
A few years ago, I read a blog from Uncle Bob that advocated delaying the decision of your database as long as possible. The main motivation is that the database should not be the central hub of your application. Instead, your application should do things. That logic should be the focus of your application and the ...

TDD with a fake for Mongoose

12. May 2014 Uncategorized 0
I’m working on a little personal side project using nodejs, backbone and mongo.  It’s actually a rewrite of something I wrote in .Net about a year ago. But I’m trying to expand it and also trying to practice TDD more.  About a year ago I made up my mind that I was done saying I was ...

TDD & Scientific Journals

27. April 2014 Uncategorized 0
I’m in the midst of writing one of my presentations for KCDC and I was thinking about TDD. I was also doing some reading about a case of a scientist falsifying data.  The falsified data was published in a journal and was heralded as one of the “top 3 discoveries in stem cell research.”  The ...

Why I like Short Methods

26. April 2014 Uncategorized 0
This week I was looking over a pull request at work and I noticed that there was a long-ish method in the code. This particular method was around 100 lines long. I know for some people that’s huge, for others, it’s tiny. As I read the method, I put a comment on the PR that ...

Stupid things I used to say

03. April 2014 Uncategorized 0
Back in the day (roughly 4 years ago) I was doing Windows development. That was all I had done for about a decade of my professional career. If you add in my coding back before I turned pro, it was all I had ever done for about 15-20 years. I knew, more or less, how ...

The “Best Tools” Dilemma

01. February 2014 Uncategorized 0
A popular phrase in the software industry is “using the best tools for the job.” That sounds really great. It makes software developers seem on-top of things, wise beyond their years. After all, why would you NOT use the best tool for the job? Why would you use the worst tools for the job? That would ...

TDD: The Vegetarian at the Party

16. January 2014 Uncategorized 0
There’s a joke that asks “How do you find a vegetarian at a dinner party? Don’t worry, they’ll let you know.” This past week I’ve thought about how, to a large extent, that’s true about TDD practitioners as well. If you’re wondering who in your community or office or friends writes code using TDD, you ...

The Power of Doing

05. January 2014 Uncategorized 3
Today my beloved Kansas City Chiefs were on the wrong side of the second biggest comeback in NFL playoff history. They were beating Indianapolis 31-10 at half time. The very first pass of the second half was intercepted and Kansas City went on to a 38-10 lead.  From that point on, they were out scored ...