Codify your coding standards with .editorconfig

Every dev team has coding standards. Sometimes they’re established through convention, tradition, example and maybe sometimes there is even a formal document outlining them (hopefully in a living format that can be updated!). No matter how its done though, nobody wants to be the bad guy in code reviews or pull requests and pull people up for what are usually minor infractions, however at the same time nobody wants to see a codebase be neglected and let inconsistency creep in, or readability wane.

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Reviewable Stored Procedures and Views with DbUp

We use DbUp at work to manage database changes and migrations and for the most part it works fine as long as you have a known schema that you’re coming from. The downside of the current implementation is that changes to stored procedure definitions are not easily reviewable in source control. Fortunately enabling this workflow with DbUp is relatively straightforward.

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UX Papercut :scissors:: Lights!

The headlight stalk on the 2017 Honda CR-V annoys me more than something so simple has any right to annoy anyone. On the surface it follows the well worn path of headlight stalks, and indeed wiper stalks, across the car industry that has become standard for years. You turn the end of the stalk to select what level you want the headlights to be at, you move the stalk up and down to indicate, and forward and back to use the highbeams. So far so good, all is fine.

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Developer vs Coder

There are many ways to describe the difference between two types of developers: Junior vs Senior Developers, New vs Experienced Developers, Good vs Bad Developers. I’ve never been comfortable with any of these because its always too easy to find exceptions that prove the rule. I’ve worked with junior developers who really understand what it takes to be a successful well rounded programmer, and with senior developers who have years of experience yet lack a few important skills to really allow them to be successful.

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DDD By Night March 2018

I was lucky enough to have my submission accepted to speak at DDD By Night on Thursday the 15th of March, 2018. DDD By Night is put on by the organisers of DDD Melbourne and usually happens twice a year, consisting of 8 lightening talks of 10 minutes each.

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PowerPoint Karaoke :microphone:

I’ve done PowerPoint Karaoke (PPTK) twice now, and seen it done a bunch of times, and while I certainly enjoy the challenge a lot of people struggle with it and find it unbearable. In this post I thought I’d have a go at writing down what I think should be done to ensure you deliver a good PPTK talk. I must admit though at my last PPTK talk I naturally failed to implement all of these ideas, because nerves, but nobody can expect to be perfect the first time. Or second., Or third.

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Looking into F# Performance

After dabbling with F# and thinking about the code conventions and style that is idiomatic in that language, or at least in a FizzBuzz sample, it occurred to me that some of the ideals of F# could be seen as a potential code smell in C#.

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First F# Foray

The Melbourne Alt.Net meetup on the 27th Feb 2018 included a portion of mobbing on some basic F# code, namely FizzBuzz. I had never written a line of F# in anger before, but I certainly knew the concepts and ideals behind functional programming, so I was surprised at how the session went. Whilst I had somewhat of an idea of how I would do it, with currying, partial application, and other such concepts in mind, I couldn’t express those ideas in a mob programming session because I didn’t know the syntax.

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Hello World

So this is new. A Jekyll blog running on GitHub Pages mapped via DNS to my domain name. I’m basically a networking engineer now.

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Alt.Net Talk - Benchmarking and Performance

I’ve given lots of talks before, on lots of different topics over the years. From internal after lunch tech talks at work, to flying half way around the world and speaking in front of hundreds of people, and I’ve always enjoyed doing it. I have to admit though most of the time I’m talking about something that I am a Subject Matter Expert in, like this year in July when I gave a talk in Seattle about an SQL-like language that I designed and implemented. I still get a little nervous before each talk but I think that’s probably a good thing because it keeps me from getting complacent and “phoning it in”.

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