How to Prototype Quickly: Six Tips for Light-Speed Programming

I’ve completed a few projects that involved prototyping software in a very short timeframe. This situation can differ drastically from the normal pace of agile projects because results and certainty have to be prioritized above long-term considerations. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to push code out quickly (and won’t be […]

Open-Source vs. Build-Your-Own – A Formula for Deciding

You probably use open-source libraries and frameworks on a daily basis. They’re incredibly handy for solving common problems, like how to build an administrative dashboard or how to manage global state in a JavaScript application. One could easily argue that open-source licensing and distribution is the main reason that computers are so ubiquitous today. If […]

Want to Write Clearer Code? Follow the Cooperative Principle

Lately, I’ve noticed a transition in my craft as a software developer. While I once devoted almost all of my mental energy to getting code to run properly, I’m now putting more thought into writing clear and maintainable code. I’ve started to understand that programming languages are not only a way for me to “talk […]