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Coders at work: Guy Steele

If you read the introduction of his chapter, it would mean no surprise at all that he works in a programming language research group. He is a true polyglot, he mentions about two dozens of language...

My perfect first day at a new job

Recently my project finished and I came back to my previous team to finish the year with them before I join a completely different department in my company. This morning I was looking out of my hea...

Cypher tutorial: OPTIONAL MATCH

I discovered OPTIONAL MATCH when I was preparing the code kata of Test Driven Development with Neo4j. First, let’s have a look at how the test data look like. You can see that there is one Wine...

Coders at work: Peter Norvig

I had a discussion a few days ago with a very good friend of mine about different topics including education. So far I’ve lived in two countries for a considerable time - Hungary and France - and I...

How I got my nicest pair of pens

I was on a business trip in Japan. We were preparing a migration, an important cutover. I felt really lucky to be able to visit Tokyo like this. In fact, these were my first business trips - yeah I...

Coders at work: Simon Peyton Jones

I think it’s always interesting to hear from famous and intelligent people about their weaknesses. Peyton Jones said that math was too hard for him at the university so he decided not to graduate i...

Cypher tutorial: the RETURN keyword

As usual, let’s examine what its counterpart can be in SQL. In this case it is definitely SELECT, however RETURN is a bit simpler. Putting that aside, the most important visual difference between t...

Coders at work: Joe Armstrong

Armstrong says that in his time it was easier to be a junior programmer. All one had to do was just get out there and do it. There was not much choice if any. Today we have to choose from dozens of...

Ramping up a new team: let's mob

In our team of eight, there were six of us with a developer background. But the background is one thing and experience/knowledge is yet another. We arrived with very different experiences language-...

Coders at work: Joshua Bloch

He used to work for Google as Chief Java Architect and before for Sun Microsystems where he worked on various Java features and frameworks. Among others, he had a huge impact on Java 2 and Java 5. ...