https://media.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/p/content.blubrry.com/completedeveloperpodcast/CDP-Episode0029-Skills_Every_Web_Developer_Needs.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (51.8MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Email | RSS | More The question was asked on Quora: What are the five essential skills every web developer should have? There were 91 different answers to this question, though most could be broken down into one of three ...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week the guys discuss their experiences with technical writing and provide some tips to increase your skills.