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I’m a lost helicopter pilot

I’ve been having a joy developing in .NET 6. I’m only half joking. Some of the capabilities in the ecosystem are simply wonderful… once you figure them out. In the process, most of the reference documentation is absolutely useless.

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CommitStrip’s RSS Feed is Broken

Lately, I’ve been trying to get caught up and remain caught up with daily content: empty email inbox, no unread Slack messages, and now, all RSS feeds read. It’s the last of these that led me to a fascinating discovery.

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Sweet Smelling Code

I found this list buried in my notes from long ago. I cleaned it up and updated it, but yeah, I still found wisdom in this advice from my former self. Moreover, this advice is also to myself. I need … Continue reading

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The Weaknesses of Your Programming Language: a lament

One of the questions we have asked potential recruits at The Perl Shop is, “What do you feel are weaknesses with Perl?” I feel it’s high time that I give my own answer to that question.

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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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