Monthly Archives: February 2008

On Knightly Duty and Suffering

I’ve been reading “The story of King Arthur and His Knights” by Howard Pyle to my son in the evenings recently.  It’s filled with various stories of knightly prowess, victory and defeat, triumph and humiliation, etc. Overall, I’d recommend it … Continue reading 

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I find your lack of tests disturbing.

Found this here: {|one, step, back|} and I had to cry chuckle.

Posted in Principles, TDD | 2 Comments

SQL is the assembly language of the modern world

This isn’t a new idea, it’s been mentioned before, so I’m not taking credit for it, but it’s still worth pointing out… again… for the umpteenth time. So I’m gonna pick up the baton-of-flames and try the argument again: I … Continue reading 

Posted in Misc, SQL is evil | 34 Comments

Austin TDD CodingDojo Homework

A few folks have been working on some of the stories and code we were talking about at the Austin TDD CodingDojo earlier this month.  Joe Ocampo, Ray Houston, and I have been discussing it and Joe even did a … Continue reading 

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The first 2 hours of TDD are the most painful

Quick Background I admit, I’ve had a lot of failures with TDD. Mostly they were solo projects and I didn’t have the discipline and self control enough to stick with it. I ALWAYS regretted not sticking with it. However poorly … Continue reading 

Posted in CodingDojo, Programming, TDD | 15 Comments

Guiding Principles 101

As a answer-in-part to my own Call To Blog More, I’d like to make an entry.  I’d like to talk about some of the guiding principles of design we should all be thinking about and re-enforcing in each other.  These … Continue reading 

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Don’t take encryption and hashing lightly

A word to the wise for framework and product-shipping designers: Don’t take encryption, signing, and hashing lightly. Also, choose your cryptographic algorithms well and even consider making the cryptographic algorithm choice a configurable item. We were using a licensed 3rd … Continue reading 

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You need to blog. Now.

Seriously. No, I know. Stop it. Stop whining. Yes, they will care what you have to say. No, it hasn’t all been said before. Yes, seriously. Do it. YOU, YES YOU! The most common excuse for not blogging I hear … Continue reading 

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Austin TDD CodingDojo Complete

On Saturday morning, February 9th, 2008, on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, 20+ geeks descended to explore what TDD was all about. Ok, it wasn’t frozen, nor tundra, nor Lambeau Field, but it was Feb. 9th and we were … Continue reading 

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