Podcast Episodes

Tough Situations In OOP Many of us learned to develop software using OOP (or Object-Oriented Programming). The model somewhat fits the way a lot of people look at the world and works well in many cases. However, over time, you'll start to notice situations where a naive understanding of OOP is simply not good enough. In this episode, we're going to talk about some of the things that will plague you as you take OOP to the next level.

Learning From Failure Failure happens to us all at one time or another. The goal of many patterns and project management strategies is to reduce the size of the failure which often results in an increase on frequency of failure. The fail small and fail often mentality. However you experience failure in your development or career the most important thing is how you recover and what you learn from it.

Becoming More Creative Creativity is useful in a lot of places. This usefulness is not limited to writing code or even in creating a podcast. For many people a more creative life is often a better one.

Preparing for Code Reviews Even the concept of a code review can make developers cringe. It's difficult to have someone else scrutinize something you've worked so hard on especially if it was a difficult task or you are proud of your solution. For the reviewer it requires diligence and attention to detail. In both cases it takes time and can be a pain if the process and goals are not clearly defined.

Resolutions For 2019 The theme for this past year has been setting and building your story. In order to do this we need to have clearly defined goals and an action plan to reach them.

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.