How to Identify Technical Debt The term technical debt can be misleading and confusing. It is generally referred to as a metaphor referencing the consequences of system design or software architecture in a codebase. Technical debt can be difficult to identify directly so developers need to use clues that can be broken down into social cues, code cues, and testing/deployment cues.
A Gentle Introduction to Refactoring Refactoring is the process of making the internals of an application less painful to code without affecting the functionality of the app. Refactoring code improves the ability of developers to troubleshoot problems and increases the speed of developing new functionality.
Becoming a Resilient Coder Resilience is the ability or capacity to quickly recover from difficulties. Systems that are resilient have less risk, a lower cost of ownership, and the ability to build upon the system.
How to Use Feature Flags There are two basic types of feature flags: release toggles and business toggles. Release toggles are used for rolling out new features in continuous deployment. Business toggles allow for restricted user access such as through premium accounts. The simplest feature flags are boolean statements however they can be more.
Developers vs Managers They are inherently conflicting in priorities. The biggest issues come from developers not being able to handle interruptions and managers not being able to wait for a convenient time.
5 Tips For Resolving Conflict A few weeks ago when recording the mood was hostile. Both Will and BJ were on edge but could not define the problem. Finally after over an hour of recording BJ says, "I'm getting frustrated and angry" to which Will responded, "Me too, let's figure out why." At that point they stopped recording and what happened next is the basis for this episode.
Family: The Myth of the Work-Life Balance Work and life are intermingled and to imply a balance is to imply that one outweighs the other. A better description would be work-life separation and maintaining boundaries.
Coding Faster and Better Faster coding does not equate to better coding. This week Will and BJ put together five tips for faster and better coding to improve performance on the job and in personal projects.
Getting Better At Technical Specifications This week the guys discuss their experiences with technical writing and provide some tips to increase your skills.
Asking Questions and Giving Advice This week the guys broke the episode into two parts. The first half of the episode BJ outlines good question asking strategies for newbies and junior developers. In the second half Will gives advice to senior developers on giving advice to junior developers.