Author Archives: Tim King

A Word Cookies Worksheet App

My girlfriend and I like to play a word-search game called Word Cookies!®, by BitMango. The game presents a collection of letters and an empty list of words of various lengths. It’s your job to assemble the available letters into … Continue reading

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Reimagining the Website

About 2 years ago, I revamped my hub site using Django. This was the first step (I had hoped) toward a unified architecture for all my websites. It didn’t turn out that way, but this project is still simmering on … Continue reading

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The HubSpot Coding Challenge and Me

I sent a copy of my resume to HubSpot, and one of their talent acquisition people got me on the phone to talk. It sounded like a potentially good fit, and I was invited to take the HubSpot coding challenge. … Continue reading

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Musings about Version Control (and other development tools)

Today, I had a conversation with a small company that doesn’t use version control. It’s hard to remember what it was like before version control. I know I did get started in a world without it. When I started in … Continue reading

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Beware HackerRank

Online coding assessments are all the rage for certifying a software developer’s skills during the hiring process. Don’t get me wrong, this is a much better system than what we used to have. A decade ago, all we had were … Continue reading

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On Returning to Java from Perl

The last time I did any serious (or semi-serious) work in Java was in 2006. I used J2EE 5.0, which was the current version at the time, to demonstrate how we could migrate our enterprise web app package from spaghetti … Continue reading

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My Recent Posts at The Perl Shop Blog

I also blog over at The Perl Shop Blog. Most of what I write about Perl anymore is over there. My recent pieces include:

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Subclassing vs Embedding in GoLang

This is a topic that I’ve seen pop up in discussions and articles about Go. The Go programming language does not support inheritance, but instead it supports composition via “embedding.” It can be a little hard to grasp the difference. … Continue reading

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Finishing Off that Bug in djangocms-picture (part trois)

In the prior episode of this story, I had written a test to detect the bug I want to fix. The djangocms-picture plugin includes errant whitespace inside of HTML anchor tags, which renders as annoying blue underlines next to the … Continue reading

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Still Fixing that Bug in djangocms-picture (part deux)

Last time, I began fixing a fairly simply space-within-anchor-tags bug in djangocms-picture. I’m using this exercise as an opportunity to (a) try out a disciplined development process in the context of a Django application and (b) dig into the Django … Continue reading

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