Coding Concepts – Cargo cult programming

Cargo cult programming is a style of computer programming characterized by the ritual inclusion of code or program structures that serve no real purpose. Cargo cult programming is typically symptomatic of a programmer not understanding either a bug they were attempting to solve or the apparent solution

Are you an Incompetent Developer?

One of the most interesting parts of software development, are the group dynamics that form to complete the task at hand. This congregation of individuals compromise many different areas of expertise, personality and skill. Neil Green has created this fantastic website describing these personality patterns that arise in software projects. The reasons these personalities exist,…

A Hackathon Guide – What to do, How to do it & Who to do it with?

Definition: Courtesy of Wikipedia, A hackathon (also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest) is a design sprint-like event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers, project managers, and others, often including subject-matter-experts, collaborate intensively on software projects.[1] The goal of a hackathon is to create usable software or hardware with the goal of creating a functioning product by the end…

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…

Chef, Kubernetes and Meetups

Yesterday I went to my second ever Meetup. For those who don’t know what they are, a Meetup group that you join based on preferences, you join a local community of people. Meetup groups are sustained through Meetup events, which are face-to-face gatherings that happen in real life between members and organizers. The DevOps event I went…

#CodeTalk – AngularJs2, Jquery 3, SPA’s and GITHub

This CodeTalk is jam packed full of great articles! Focused on front end web application development. With these languages there is a potential to create an SPA application using Angular, JQuery and GitHub as Source Control.

That’s a pretty popular development pattern at the moment so I wanted to delve into each a little bit more and hopefully inspire others to research more on the topics if that’s your cup of tea.