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Monthly Archives: June 2015

“…they will go off and work in the integrated development environments…”

by !undefined

What Is Code? If You Don’t Know, You Need to Read This:

They will do their standups. And after the standups, they will go off and work in the integrated development environments and write their server-side JavaScript and their client-side JavaScript. Then they will run some tests and check their code into the source code repository, and the continuous integration server will perform tests and checks, and if all goes well, it will deploy the code—perhaps even in August, in some cloud or another. They insist that they’ll do this every day, continuous releases.

Read every word. Every one of those 38,000 goddamn words. Even if it takes you 6000 hours.

on Allspaw’s “On Being A Senior Engineer”

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On Being A Senior Engineer:

Essential reading from (surprise!) John Allspaw. Not a new post by any means, but so relevant you’ll think it was published yesterday. It’s a great reminder that what puts the “senior” in “senior engineer” is not knowing 10 languages, or having done 10,000 deploys – it’s having maturity, and perspective, and caring and concern for the peers on your team. Or as Allspaw puts it:

Being able to write a Bloom Filter in Erlang, or write multi-threaded C in your sleep is insufficient. None of that matters if no one wants to work with you. Mature engineers know that no matter how complete, elegant, or superior their designs are, it won’t matter if no one wants to work alongside them because they are assholes.

Seriously. File this one for later and come back to it once a year.

Zakas: no accidental standards

by !undefined

The bunny theory of code:

Nicholas Zakas writes this post underscoring the reasons to emphasize only checking in code that you understand:

In my current role at Box, I’m famous for repeating the phrase, “no accidental standards.” We don’t accept that things are “the way” just because they pop up in a couple of places. When we see this happening, we stop, discuss it, and either codify it as “the way” or disallow it. We then update code appropriately before it gets too far. Through automation, code reviews, and code workshops, we are able to keep an eye on the code and make sure we’re all on the same page.

“I’m just listening and conserving energy”

by !undefined

On Conferencing While Introverted:

Introverts often listen more than they talk in conversations, and the less energy they have, the more quiet they’re likely to get.

Talks specifically about how conferences (though enjoyable) can really wring out an introvert. True stories that translate right back to the rest of our daily lives. (Where “our” is the rest of us introverts.)

Sharp’s 3 Phases of a Code Review

by !undefined

The Gentle Art of Patch Review:

Recently recommended to me by a friend, this post posits that effective code reviews have three phases. First: is the proposed idea even “good”? (Is it consistent with the project’s aims? Does the feature add value?) Second: is the architecture correct? (Stay out of the weeds; keep the feedback high-level.) Lastly: is the patch polished? (Now is the time to unleash your inner pedant and invoke the iron fist of the style guide.)

Sharp argues that this style of code review benefits the maintainers, the contributor, and the community around the software project. It allows for the right level of feedback to happen at the right time, and because of that, it avoids problems with people getting (for example) over-invested in a patch that isn’t appropriate to the project, or else getting discouraged because of nit-picky feedback right off the bat.

search term haiku: May 2015

by Rob Friesel

Domo-kun on phone Ginger Snap Saison F.G. germinating peas “Search Term Haiku” is a series wherein I examine this site’s log files and construct one or more haiku poems from search terms and phrases that led visitors to the site. Where possible, I attempt to keep the search phrases intact. However, as these are haiku […]