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To Kill Code

Michael Feathers
February 03, 2016

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Economics is a great frame for understanding problems, but it can cloud many issues as well. The software development community has fought for years against the idea that IT should be viewed as a cost center. We’d like to see it as a value creating investment. Yet, as much as we’d like to see it that way, we speak about code as a liability. . . .

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Variable Capture Considered Harmful

Michael Feathers
December 09, 2015

According to wikipedia, after Dijkstra’s letter Go To Statement Considered Harmful there were at least 65 papers published with titles like ‘X Considered Harmful’, most of them generating heat but little light. I’m using the convention ironically because, well, this is just a nit. It shouldn't be controversial all. :-)

Variable capture is . . .

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The Universality of Postel's Law

Michael Feathers
September 21, 2015

Design is deep topic. One could say it’s the deepest. It’s about making decisions that affect choices in the world. When you design a chair, what you’ve really done is make a set of choices about how people using it will sit and what their experience will be. People sitting on chairs have choices too. They can defy your expectations by . . .

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Moving Past the Scaling Myth

Discontinuous Transition in Process and Architecture

Michael Feathers
July 01, 2015

I’m going to the Agile 2015 conference this year. It’ll be the first time I’ve been to that conference in half a decade. Agile has been around for over 15 years now and at a certain point you feel like you’ve seen the important developments. In truth, I felt that way years ago but I kept going to agile conferences primarily to catch up with . . .

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Collection Pipelines - The Revenge Of C

Michael Feathers
April 27, 2015

What do Ruby’s Enumerable module, .NET LINQ, and the new Java Stream package have in common? They are all there to facilitate functional programming. Here’s an example, pulled from Java 8’s docs because its support is the most recent.

int sum = widgets.stream() .filter(b -> b.getColor() == RED) .mapToInt(b -> b.getWeight()) .sum(); 

. . .

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A Monadic Approach to Error Handling in Collection Pipelines

Michael Feathers
February 16, 2015

If you read my last blog you know that I’ve been pushing the idea of chained computation rather far. It’s been fun to just try to use it for all of my utility programming to see where it breaks down. When you build a program as a single expression in a single sequential flow, one of the things that you have to deal with is making sure that . . .

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Moving Quickly with Compositional Chains

Michael Feathers
January 08, 2015

When you find a more powerful tool, it’s hard to avoid using it. We like to think of this as the ‘if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail’ syndrome, but the fact of the matter is - I have plenty of tools. It’s just that some are more powerful and it's hard not to use them.

Last night, I was playing noise music at an art . . .

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