Modern-Synthesis

Rice & Garlic & More Smaller Steps

My rice’n’garlic advice, "take many more much smaller steps," can be said another way: reject any proposed path that requires a step size larger than the limit you’ve set for that particular domain of activity. Time for Sunday geek comfort. It’s meant to be respite. There are more important things than geekery, so please remember to think outside the monitor. Stay strong, stay safe, stay angry, stay kind. Black Lives Matter. "Rice’n’garlic advice" is blind advice, for when people ask …

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A Making-App UI

Once armed with the idea of a shipping app and a making app, a whole range of possibilities open up. Among the most powerful: give your making app a UI just for making. It’s Sunday, which is geek comfort food day for me. Remember, tho, to think and feel and work outside the monitor. Please help me in opposing the multiple ongoing efforts to suppress the votes of millions of American citizens. Black Lives Matter. A "making app" is when …

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Scenario Builders

In a data-rich environment, we can use the Builder concept to make DSL’s for our Making application. This often makes testing the hard business core of our code both faster and easier. Folks, I love sharing my geekery with you. For me, it brings much comfort. I hope, tho, you’ll join me in working for change that isn’t just about code, but about the larger world. Black Lives Matter. We’ve spoken in the past about using our codebase to do …

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Humans & Mistakes

Approaches in software development — or anything else — that don’t take ordinary human failings as their starting point are prone to dramatic failure. "The Impossible Human" is, well, noticeably uncommon. Let’s dig in on that. More geek joy comfort food from me today, but please think & work outside the monitor by enabling and encouraging change in our wider world. Black Lives Matter. Some years back, I made content for a CMS that had a whole lot of overlapping …

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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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Technique & Transition

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! Microtest TDD is a "way of coding", not an after-market bolt-on to old-school approaches, and as a result, we have to constantly intertwine our conversation about technique with our conversation about transition. Geekery’s fun for me, and it’s comforting, but it’s not the most important story going on around us. Enjoy this thread, …

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Awkward & Graceful

In microtest TDD, we describe collaborations as "awkward" or "graceful". The distinction is critical to understanding how the Steering premise and the Pieces premise work together to make TDD a productivity tool. Let’s dig in. Here in the states, it’s Black History month. I urge my friends and followers to pay attention: American history and Black history are deeply & painfully intertwined, and we won’t move on until we go through. Black Lives Matter. We talked the other day about …

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TDD’s Goldilocks Challenge

Successful microtest TDD depends on our ability to solve a goldilocks challenge: when we test our code pieces, do we isolate them too much, too little, or just right? Finding the sweet spot will mean letting go of rulesets & purity. As is my wont, let me remind you, geekery isn’t the only story going on around us. I write of it for my rest & comfort, and perhaps for yours, but it’s a break from more important things. Black …

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Learning TDD w/ Four Mentors

Because microtest TDD is more a "way of geeking" than a technique or a received body of knowledge, building one’s faculties is a long and sometimes perilous effort. Let’s talk about learning. (I, too, feel a little relief just now, tho not as much as some, because recent events aren’t an ending, they’re the beginning of a lot of work. Black Lives Matter. Stay safe, stay strong, stay angry, stay kind. Let’s keep changing this.) I want to approach the …

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TDD As Change Strategy

Microtest TDD is an effective change strategy because it dramatically improves our performance at comprehension, confirmation, and regression detection, all critical factors in handling change quickly & safely. I know how comparatively little geekery matters right now. Sometimes I need a break, and maybe you do, too, so I share. Black lives matter. We can fix this. We’re the only thing that can. Stay safe. Stay strong. Stay angry. Stay kind. We’ve covered a lot of ground in considering TDD …

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