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Ten I-Statements About Refactoring

HOT TIP: Ted Young’s "Make Your Code More Testable" class is coming up August 23rd. The class is excellent (and covers much of what I talk about below), Ted is a wonderful teacher – and I scored you a discount code. Go to MakeTestable.com and use code GEEPAW when you sign up to get $75 off! In the spirit of my Ten I-Statements about TDD, here’s ten more, this time about refactoring. I’m not covering everything, just hitting some of …

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Get Stronger With Geek’s Night Out

HOT TIP: Ted Young’s "Make Your Code More Testable" class is coming up August 23rd. The class is excellent (and covers much of what I talk about below), Ted is a wonderful teacher – and I scored you a discount code. Go to MakeTestable.com and use code GEEPAW when you sign up to get $75 off! Programmers will ask me how they can become stronger at programming. A very good way, one I use currently, is to get together once …

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Ten I-Statements About TDD

HOT TIP: Ted Young’s "Make Your Code More Testable" class is coming up August 23rd. The class is excellent (and covers much of what I talk about below), Ted is a wonderful teacher – and I scored you a discount code. Go to MakeTestable.com and use code GEEPAW when you sign up to get $75 off! Folks, I see a lot of ideas and opinions about TDD fly around, passed off as holy writ. By way of counter, I offer …

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Sharing Configurations

You can put all your configuration in a shared library and eliminate just about every mis-configuration in your multi-process application. It’s not free, but it’s cheap, and it kills a lot of minor pain. Let’s take a gander. It’s Sunday geek comfort-food time. I hope you enjoy it, and I also hope you remember it’s not the most important story out there. Please keep working for change, once you’re rested. Stay safe, stay strong, stay kind, stay angry. Black Lives …

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Web-To-Database Potshots

HOT TIP! Click the image below to get $75 off Ted Young’s new interactive online class running March 8th-11th 2021. Use special code "GEEPAW" at checkout. Thanks! Listen to this Blogcast: "It puts the database on its browser skin, or else it gets the hose again." This task occupies the daily life of a great many programmers. Today, I want to throw out some random sparks of advice for people working in that setting. Folks, my ideas about changing code …

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Real Programming S01E04: Into The Frying Domain!

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series Real Programming

Real Programming S01E04: Into the Frying Domain! We have two parts of our walking skeleton, the View and the Model. This time we’ll move a tiny amount of work into the domain classes If you want to follow along in the code, the project is https://github.com/geepawhill/yz Welcome to episode four of Real Programming, the show where the slogan is still a work in progress. Last time, we had our view and our model and I remarked that that was two …

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Real Programming S01E03: Baby Needs New Shoes!

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Real Programming

Real Programming S01E03: Baby Needs New Shoes! Watching those itty-bitty numbers for the dice is making me crazy, so let’s get some dice images going today! If you want to follow along in the code, the project is https://github.com/geepawhill/yz (Note: Transcript and closed captions to be added soon.)

Real Programming S01E02: Look, Ma! A Test!

This entry is part 2 of 8 in the series Real Programming

Real Programming S01E02: Look, Ma! A Test Last time we did a rapid-fire model/view split, just so we could test. Now we gotta test this bad boy a little! If you want to follow along in the code, the project is https://github.com/geepawhill/yz Hey, it’s GeePaw and I still have Wally, and Molly’s off camera, and we’re back with Real Programming: the show that still doesn’t have a slogan, but that’s OK. We’ll keep going. Anyway, when last we left you, …

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Real Programming S01E01: Getting Started | Video

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Real Programming

(Video: https://vimeo.com/448155181) Real Programming S01E01: Getting Started Hi Folks! In this first episode we lay the groundwork for a simple desktop Yahtzee application. If you want to follow along in the code, the project is https://github.com/geepawhill/yz Transcript Hey, folks. It’s GeePaw sitting out here on my deck, where I do most of my work in the summer months. And today is the first episode of my new series called real programming, the show where we don’t have a cool slogan …

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Pathing: A Style of Laying Out Work

I do "pathing" when I project my work into the future: laying out a sequence of work steps, where each step ends with the code in a shippable state. More than design, and more than planning, pathing is a kind of work-style, and it brings me several benefits. Here in the US, citizens are out in the streets on a quest for equity, and the truth is that geekery just isn’t the main story. If you’re out there working for …

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