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Before I get down to the brass tacks of how to do some interesting stuff, I'm going
to spin a tale of woe. Well, I might have phrased that a little strongly.
Call it a tale of corporate drudgery.
In any case, many years ago I worked briefly in a little department, at a little company
that seemed to be a corporate drudgery ...
In professional contexts, I think that the word ''standard'' has two distinct flavors.
So when we talk about a ''team standard'' or a ''coding standard,'' the waters muddy a
bit. In this post, I'm going to make the case for a team standard. But
before I do, I think it important to discuss these flavors that I mention. ...
If you write software, the term ''feedback loop'' might have made its way into your
vocabulary. It charts a slightly indirect route from its conception and into
the developer lexicon, though, so let's start with the term's origin. A feedback
loop in general systems uses its output as one of its inputs.
Kind of vague, ...
Think back to college (or high school, if applicable). Do you remember that
kid that would sit near the front of the class and gleefully point out that the professor
had accidentally omitted an apostrophe when writing notes on the white board?
Didn't you just love that kid? Yeah, me neither.
Fate imbues a small ...
In the world of programming, 15 years or so of professional experience makes me a
grizzled veteran. That certainly does not hold for the work force in general,
but youth dominates our industry via the absolute explosion of demand for new programmers.
Given the tendency of developers to move around between projects and companies, ...
Notwithstanding some oddball calculator and hobby PC hacking, my first serious programming
experience came in college. A course called ''Intro to C++'' got us acquainted
with arrays, loops, data structures and the like. Given its introductory nature,
this class did not pose a particularly serious challenge (that would come ...