A Question Of Humbling Proportion

The road to hell is lined with convenient parking spaces. I said recently that we need fewer addresses and more routes. These slugs are attempts to get at what I think keeps going wrong for us -- in the trade, possibly in entire culture. There are numerous systems for software development out there competing in mindspace. (Stock word for these…

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Decomposition Rage Tweet Explained

Yesterday's irritated blurt was a matter of feels, not an attempt to offer insight or ideas. I got some queries about it, so let me wipe that slate and be a little less irritated. For now, anyway. :) In geekery -- in all tool use beyond a certain point, but my focus here is on the modern software development synthesis…

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Showing Code Every Day Or Two

Let's talk a little bit about showing your working code to your product person. A basic recommendation, which will seem strange and likely freak you out the first time you hear it. Look to show your new stuff every day or two. I want to address here both the how and the why. The why has three parts: 1) just-in-time…

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How The Modern Synthesis Tackles Blurgs

If we're living now and always have been in the Age of Blurgs, then our strategy might change accordingly. Before I go to some ideas from the modern we got "The Age of Blurgs", and we got "Blurgs: Try Harder Won't Work". We need some better ideas, and the modern synthesis has some. Today I want to focus tightly on…

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Blurgs: Try Harder Won’t Work

If we're living now and always have been in the Age of Blurgs, then our strategy might change accordingly. Before I go to some ideas from the modern synthesis that are targeted at blurgs & blurging, tho, I want to point at one thing that won't work, and why. What won't work is "try harder", and why it won't work…

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Please Go Find Out

So. I dropped out of the conference scene by and large for a few years for a variety of reasons. The last couple of years I have been returning to it. I'm just home from two conferences in three weeks. I am not an extrovert, at conferences, I like to hang around with individuals or small groups. And I am…

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How Long? (Technique Re-Mix)

How long (redux)? In the technical side of the modern synthesis, we develop code by writing and passing tests then re-working the code to make it as change-enabled as we can. The key "how long" aspect to this: how long does the code stay not working? That is, how long in between the times we could push the code straight…

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How Long?

How long? What amount of time passes between you saving the file you just changed and you seeing the results of that change? If that answer is over 10 seconds you might want to wonder if you can make it shorter. If that answer is over 100 seconds, please consider making a radical change in your approach. Thinking is the…

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