KWBlog

Code Is A Closet

This is a dumb metaphor, probably, and I'm sure I'm not the first person to think of this. But I was using it to explain what I'm discussing with my co-workers all day (on the phone, working from home, what with quarantine and all).

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Organization Paralysis

I've been learning Piano and jazz theory, it is going slowly, but it is very fun. I bought a giant book of blank Staff Paper so I can take notes on things I'm learning, write out exercises, and hopefully start doing some transcriptions, and maybe other stuff too, I don't know where this journey may take me yet.

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Keyboard

I have become a keyboard nerd, apparently. Not that I wasn't already, I guess, but I've just taken it to a different level. What happened is one of my friends and coworkers recently built a mechanical keyboard, which then flaked out due to cheap parts, so he bought a Vortex Pok3r 60% Mechanical board.

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Quote-Unquote Research

Programming involves a lot of research, though we don't always recognize it as such and that can cause problems.

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The Ignorance Game

Some of the key code design principles I keep coming back to are the Tell Don't Ask principle, the Law of Demeter, and also Sandi Metz's idea of Blind Trust. But I also find that these are hard to put into practice! To help with that, I like to play a little game I call The Ignorance Game, which I'd like to describe in a bit. But first, let's review these principles.

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Cover Your Privates

I know I'm not going to stun anyone with this, but, when it comes to class design and C#, not everything should be public.

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REPL vs. Tests

I fell in love with functional programming when I learned F#. We program in C# at work, but I use F# any chance I get on little side utilities and things. In F# the REPL is a pretty big deal. F#'s REPL is called fsi (F# Interactive). REPL stands for Read, Evaluate, Print Loop. It's just an interactive shell where you type in F#. When Rosyln came out C# got C# Interactive too, and it's built into VS but I never think to use it for some reason. But I do reach for fsi a lot when I'm writing F#, and from what I can gather that seems pretty typical in the F# community and the functional programming world at large too.

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Quality Comes From Space

I'd like to pose a ridiculously giant question to you: how do you take a team of programmers and client reps and designers and clients and a contract and deadlines and build a quality product? Or more simply, how do you build a quality app?

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New Blog!

Welcome to my new blog! I've had a blog on blogger since April 4, 2007. That's almost 11 years! That's a long time! After all that time, I thought I was due for a change, and I thought it would be fun to build that change myself. Turns out it was fun! I learned a lot of stuff that I probably should have already known but didn't. So let's get meta and blog about the development of this blog!

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