Learning Python and Testing with Code Katas

For the past 4 years, and the four years of university, my main development languages have been the Microsoft languages, i.e. C# and Visual Basic, as well as Objective C recently. They’re very good languages. But for the longest time, I’ve always seen the need to learn new ‘kinds of’ languages. And for some reason, I’ve always had a fascination with Python.

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2015 Career Goals

It’s a brand new year, and everyone is recovering from overspending in December and making resolutions for the year that they may not keep. I took some time out at the end of last year to look back on the highs and lows of 2014, and make goals for 2015 that I will really really really try keep.

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Commenting Code

I have never had a ‘standard’ in mind on commenting code. There are principles that one should think of, such as method names should be descriptive enough that comments don’t necessarily have to repeat what method names communicate.

I found this great post by Eric Lippert. There are a few things I like about what he did:

  1. One knows the reason for a method. It doesn’t exist arbitrarily. It links to functionality that should exist as defined by the spec.
  2. Promotes single responsibility principle, because a method should only do one thing, and exist for the purpose of doing that thing.
  3. It just makes someone’s code more understandable for when a new person gets on board. Better communication. This is good.

Early Thoughts on iOS Development

Recently, I started developing iOS applications for work. It’s an interesting experience, especially because I once vowed never to do iOS development due to my love-hate relationship with Apple. But the opportunity came up, and the diversity of experience can only be good experience. So here are my thoughts on the past few weeks:

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Why Microsoft #1

I was never into movies for a large part of my life. The idea of sitting in front of a screen for more than an hour didn’t seem to make me jump. This was until I came across a film student who was discussing an assignment of theirs. The purpose of the assignment was to deconstruct a movie, from the lighting, to the colouring, to the character development, to the plot, to the climax, to the closing, to the music and all other elements that people more deep than me can think of.

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Names, Addresses and Other Uncertainties

I was working on a little database on a project I’m working. The issue  that arose is the storage of names and addresses. Ideally, I wanted the  number of names to be variable, and the person’s birth and death address  stored. So this was Draft A.

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Artistic Roadmaps

A few months ago, I decided to start a little after-hours for fun  project. I decided that I want to do this in Java, so opened up Eclipse,  started creating classes, methods, tests, etc, and hoped that  everything I did would eventually work up to something absolutely  beautiful. Few weeks later of this, I got stuck, and I get over it.

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