If you’ve been around me for any period of time, you’ve probably heard me say that I find two common approaches to software development: the mathematician’s approach and the linguist’s approach. The mathematician views the software design process as an equation to balance and typically does incredibly well at problems relating to algorithms, analysis, and lower-level system domains. The linguist, on the other hand, views the process of creating software as an exposition - a way of communicating an abstract idea via a constrained medium such as a programming language. Both groups are useful and necessary: some of the worst code I have ever seen was written by individual with PhDs in computer science or mathematics; many an expressive program falls flat on its face when put under the most trivial of loads. I imagine that most of you already know to which camp I belong, but just in case there was any question, I unapologetically and undeniably belong to the linguists.
19 Nov 2018
19 Aug 2018
25 Jun 2018
One of the most commonly-implored techniques that I’ve heard by the REST faithful to shut down any questioning of the faith is what I’ll call an “appeal to the WWW”. There are variations, but they all tend to sound something like the following (I’ve added the snarky rhetorical phrasing because that’s what all variations sound like in my head):
01 Apr 2018
I received the following question from one of our service teams last week and thought it was likely the type of issue that a lot of you are dealing with (or have solved) in our current world of “microservice all the thingz!” The question went something like this:
13 Mar 2018
Every now and then, somebody will ask me what I’m currently reading or researching. As such, I want to provide my current reading list along with the top items on my backlog. I’ll also try to publish these posts more frequently so that you [and I] can track progress as well as see what topics and resources have sneaked in.