A couple of months ago, I (unsuccessfully) attempted to do a 30 day posting challenge on LinkedIn.

The challenge I set myself was to read 10 pages a day of ‘The Pragmatic Programmer’ and share the most pragmatic tips every weekday.

It didn’t really go as expected.

My first post…

A series of wooden blocks in a row, which spell out “OKR 2022”, changing from 2021.
Source: Adobe Stock

As someone with a keen interest in personal development and product management, blending the two into personal OKRs seems like a pretty good idea.

For those not in the know, OKRs are Objectives & Key Results. It’s essentially a framework for any entity, from an individual such as myself to…

If you’re anything like me, you spent the last few weeks before uni browsing YouTube on how to get a first, how to manage your time, what to bring and enough ‘day in the life of’ videos that you started feeling like a student.

Lots of learning material, which is…

Piña coladas in parallel.

As beginners, we’re taught that programming is sequential.
Do this, then do that, and do this if that.

But for larger projects, the milliseconds it takes to execute an instruction quickly add up when you have hundreds, or even thousands, of lines of code.

This is…

Don’t write dodo-code.

Sometimes code will rely on values that are subject to change after the program has started executing. Different environments, different customers, all situations leading to different values.

These values are configurable, and so should be store outside of the application. Since they’re so critical to the configuration…

Don’t Pay Inheritance Tax (in programming!)

Inheritance is a fast and loose way of implementing functionality based on the properties of something else: a car is a type of vehicle, and vehicles can move, have a speed, and have a location. …

Transformations transform programming.

Continuing on from yesterday’s post on programming for transformations, the passage today finished off this chapter with an interesting take on data within code.

With object-oriented programming (OOP), many objects are within your program, encapsulating data and remaining hidden from view until a transfer of data is…

If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.

It’s easy to forget the high-level objective of programming: take some data, process it, and output it (or make it available for later).

All programs transform data, taking inputs and producing outputs, yet…

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