Code Review Checklist

Code reviews are necessary to ensure your application is consistent. We live in an age of copy-and-paste craftsmen, so making sure that the bits that do get copied are correct is imperative for this approach to keep on working! There are many articles out there telling you why code reviews are important, why you should…

Code Talk – September

It’s that time of the month again. Here are the most interesting posts I’ve found on the web this month. Happy reading. Planning doesn’t have to be the enemy of agile https://hbr.org/2018/09/planning-doesnt-have-to-be-the-enemy-of-agile Most tech companies will now follow an agile approach to their development cycle. Planning is an important cornerstone of management, and coordinating and…

Coding Concepts – Cyclomatic Complexity

Cyclomatic what? Even spell check doesn’t recognise the word, but it’s a super useful software metric for understanding how your software works. Having read about it a few years ago, it apparent use seems to have deteriorated. I feel it’s a very valuable tool in a developer’s arsenal, and something that should be used in…

No Frills Keyboard Shortcuts (with Gifs) every Developer Should Follow

Shortcuts for me are the most productive thing that a developer can add to their repertoire that will aid them through their entire career. Learning how to use your system and tools will improve your productivity and in general make traversing all your windows and apps a breeze. The mouse is a great, tool, but…

Code Talk – August

Code Talk is back again, sharing the best blog posts I’ve read this month. Artwork Personalization at Netflix First up is this post on how Netflix are personalising the graphics they show individuals when searching through the catalogue. It’s a great analysis of how A/B Testing works in the wild and even more impressive when…

The fundamental thing I learnt from my first time Volunteering.

volunteer (vŏlˌən-tîrˈ) n. A person who performs or offers to perform a service voluntarily: an information booth staffed by volunteers; hospital volunteers. Volunteering, it’s something you hear a lot of these days and something most people mean or want to do. You’re never ultimately sure what you’ll be doing and who with, but I’ve always…

CodeTalk – July

Code Talk is back, and once again I share the best blog posts I’ve found this month. Technology changes so quickly and it’s been fun looking through my older Code Talk posts. It wasn’t long ago we were discussing Jquery3.0 and SPA’s, and then AngularJs and GitHub coming onto the scene. How interesting it is…

Coding Concepts – Reflection

Reflection – What you need to know. In computer science, reflection is the ability of a computer program to examine, introspect, and modify its own structure and behavior at runtime.[1] So what does that mean? Reflection is a term thrown around every now and again and but do you really know what it means? Why…

Coding Concepts – Anonymous Methods

What is an Anonymous Method, and when should we use them?   Definition Anonymous Functions – In computer programming, an anonymous function (function literal, lambda abstraction, or lambda expression) is a function definition that is not bound to an identifier. Anonymous functions are often[1] arguments being passed to higher-order functions, or used for constructing the result of a higher-order function that needs to return a function. If the…

Coding Concepts – Understanding Generics

What are Generics, and why should we use them? Generic programming is a style of computer programming in which algorithms are written in terms of types to-be-specified-later that are then instantiated when needed for specific types provided as parameters. This approach, pioneered by ML in 1973,[1][2] permits writing common functions or types that differ only in the set of types on which they operate when used, thus reducing duplication. Such software entities are known…