Pairing vs Pull Request Reviews

Some like them. Some hate them. But code reviews are a good thing. Some may think they are demigods who fart out perfect code, and therefore think them irrelevant. Others think they are absolutely terrible and don’t want to be openly found out, and are therefore scared of them. But they are good.

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Revisiting Culture

Decolonisation. This seems to be the word of the day. University  students throughout the country are fighting for a more Afro-centric  curriculum without the baggage of the colonial past. Relaxed hair is now  frowned upon by many, and natural hair is in. African print is en  vogue. Animals are being slaughtered in suburban backyards. Children are  being given long and hard to pronounce names.  Yellow bones are losing  to darker tones. Africa is coming back!

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ECMA Specification Safari: Increment (and Decrement) Operators

Recently, I’ve started reading through the ECMA Script (JavaScript) specification to get a more in depth understanding of the language I seem to be using every day. There are some interesting things I am coming across. Today’s interesting thing is increment and decrement operators.

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What Is A Class (and why to avoid static methods)

There are many debates in software development, from how to test, to languages, to frameworks, and everything under the sun. Despite my oblivion to the technical details of many of these debates, what I’ve seen is that many of them hover around the lofty heights of roof trusses without understanding the subterranean foundations that build the houses they are comparing (wow, that was poetic: +1500 hipster points).

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Why Are We Mocking Like This?

People like labels that they can classify themselves under. It’s a nice way to have a club you can belong to, and an opposing club you can speak against. In political rhetoric here in South Africa, one group of people will feel complemented when calling them ‘capitalist’, whereas another will feel completely insulted. It’s the same with the term ‘socialist’. This phenomenon seems to also exist in the software development sub-genre of reality. Of late, I’ve been reading and discussing the tensions between the unit-testing practices of those who call themselves ‘mockists’ and others who call them classicists.

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Broken Windows and Broken Code

This week, I have been reading Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. It talks about how large social movements happen, breaking it down into three things: the people involved, the stickiness of the message, and the context. In discussing the context, he introduces the Broken Window Theory by James Q. Wilson and George L. Kelling, which explains how environment plays a big role in bringing about bad behaviour in individuals.

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Spock: Making Java Testing Groovy

In my previous post, I alluded to how I was introduced to the Ruby cult some time ago. I decided to try out the language for myself. Now, being used to statically typed languages, I’m not really a fan of type enforcing only happening at run-time for languages such as Ruby, JavaScript and Python. But one I really like about Ruby, similar to what I found about Python some time ago, is how human-readable it is, making understanding what the code does a lot easier. Groovy, a language that runs on the JVM also has this advantage to it, making it a useful tool in testing Java code.

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Spring Field vs Setter vs Constructor Injection

Lately, I have been immersed in the world of Java and its various frameworks, tools and language features. I’ve also recently discovered that Java is not cool. I found myself at a gathering of developers some time ago, where they attempted to proselytise me into the ruby cult family. Unfortunately, since puberty, I have had trouble growing enough facial hair to be seen as ‘one of them’.

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Simple Applications Change The World

When someone dreams of being a ‘software developer’ or ‘programmer’ (or whatever the other ill-defined terms are for someone who creates software), they imagine someone highly intelligent someone solving complex algorithms that will solve the {{ world.generateRandomProblem() }} crisis for humanity and make this world a better place. At least that’s what I thought.

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