Diagnosing and Relieving Pain in Software Development

I’ve heard the term “pain” thrown around the developer community quite a bit. This “pain” comes from the vast amount of learning every developer needs to do to evolve in an ever-changing technological landscape. There are always new languages and patterns to learn and countless legacy systems which need to be integrated. Stretching one’s knowledge […]

How to Evaluate an Unfamiliar Codebase in 15 Minutes

When working at a software consultancy, you may be asked to evaluate an unfamiliar codebase. There are a lot of reasons why you may need to make such an evaluation—for example, your company is going to take over development on a legacy codebase, you’re considering undertaking an application rewrite, or maybe you’re thinking of integrating […]

Partial Scripting & You

While I was browsing Hacker News, I came across a blog post by Dan Slimmon explaining something he called “do-nothing scripting.” The premise of a “do-nothing script” is that it does nothing other than tell the user what to do at each step of a process. These types of scripts are great for helping communicate […]

Four Tips for Dealing with Poorly Documented Libraries

Every developer has had to deal with the struggle of sifting through documentation that is incomplete, incoherent, outdated, or simply non-existent. Whether it’s libraries, frameworks, or platforms, the presence of good documentation can mean the difference between success and failure. The absence of good documentation is a serious enough downside to justify avoiding a certain […]