Thoughts & Tutorials

Is Scala an Influence on Swift's Design?

Swift is a modern multi-paradigm programming language that shares some convenient features already available in other current generation languages. My personal feeling is that Scala has had a heavy influence on its design. In this post I want to explore the similarities and differences to see how true this may be.

9 Things to Consider When Choosing a JavaScript MV* Framework

You may find it useful to consider this list of factors when deciding between several JavaScript MV* frameworks. We’re not going to lecture you about which solution you should choose – we’ll leave that up to you.

On the Scaled Agile Framework

A few months a ago a I successfully completed the Scaled Agilist Certification course and exam, for the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). These are my thoughts on SAFe.

Day of the Living Style Guide

A style guide or style manual is a set of standards for the writing and design of documents, either for general use or for a specific publication, organization or field. The implementation of a style guide provides uniformity in style and formatting within a document and across multiple documents.

Grokking Lean UX

I was tidying up my study last week and stumbled across my copy of the Lean UX book. It's a pretty quick read, so I thought I'd go through it again. I'm glad I did, because something struck me that I missed the first time round.

The Many Faces of Test Driven Development

Like many religious wars, the Test Driven Development debate seems interminable, unpleasant, and not a little tedious. "Mocks Suck and cause brittle tests." "No, including real collaborators in your tests makes them brittle." "That's not a unit test". "It's not about testing, it's about design." "No, it's about documentation."

Pseudo Random Number Generation in Elixir

I recently started learning Elixir and decided for my first "real" project to implement a basic genetic algorithm. I like to do this to kick the tyres on a new language because it's a non-trivial problem that gives you a good idea of what it's like to work with that language.

Practice Makes Perfect

In December last year, around 3,000 programmers in 160 cities around the world gave up their Saturday to write code — code they deliberately threw away. They were not being weird or frivolous. They were there to take part in The Global Day of Code Retreat, and improve their craft.
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