Predictions For 2019 It's the end of the year, this is the last episode of 2018. As has become tradition for our last episode we'll be reviewing our predictions for this year discussing the ones we got right, the ones we got wrong, and the ones we came close.
Dark Patterns in UI Design We live in a society where people are praised for being clever. Whether it is in finding better ways to do things, or simply in being witty, being clever is lauded in our society. However, sometimes people are a little too clever and edge into behavior that borders on unethnical. Dark UI patterns are an example of this in the web space. Dark patterns are used to get users to do things that they didn't intend to do through deceptive and nefarious means.
Objections to Unit Testing Testing code is not easy, you have to think about all the different ways your code can go wrong and then write tests to cover them. You generally write more test code than functional code when creating unit tests.
The Importance of Boundaries Unhealthy management of personal boundaries not only makes life tougher, but can often invite predatory people into your world. It's not a pleasant experience, but it is something you have to do for your mental health as an adult. Your boundaries have to both be flexible enough to let you survive and rigid enough to keep you from being miserable.
Resume Driven Development Resume Driven Development is considered a bad idea, especially on the job. It can cause problems for your coworkers and the company down the line after you are gone. If you suspect someone you work with of Resume Driven Development ask them why they are choosing the particular technology to solve their problem.
Surviving Multiple Projects When you start out as a junior developer you're typically focused on a single project learning the system and tools at your workplace. As you get further along in your career you'll begin to take on more responsibilities and begin working on multiple projects. It can be difficult to handle the expectations of multiple projects.
Distributed Computing Fallacies The assumptions we can safely make when building a distributed application are few and far between. Unlike a lot of smaller applications, distributed applications tend not to have system boundaries in the way that many other applications have.
Causes of Poor Code Quality Messed up code happens in every codebase, but for it to really be prevalent requires an ecosystem that makes it a appear to be the best choice most of the time. Small issues in a codebase continue to pile up until someone suggests a complete rewrite to fix it.
Open Spaces Open Space Technology is a method of organizing meetings and conference. It is a participation driven meeting where the agenda is created by those in attendance. Topics do not have to be around technology. At DevSpace there were Open Space session about martial arts, foster parenting, and of course beer. They are also a great way to meet other developers with similar interests.
Signs Your Coworker Is Quitting Sometimes you just know that a person is on the way out the door. Even when it is more subtle there are signs and indicators that can alert you to the fact that one of your coworkers is looking for greener pastures. Many of these are changes in the normal behavior of your coworker. Indicators are when they do not act as they have or do things they have not previously done.