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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. ...

Cypher tutorial: the MATCH keyword

Luckily on a basic level both CREATE and MATCH are quite self-explanatory. So with MATCH you’ll be able to look for certain elements in your database. In short, you can match patterns. Often you wi...

Coders at work: Brendan Eich

At a certain point, this guy really reminded me to a former colleague of mine. Eich said that “a blue-collar language like Java shouldn’t have a crazy generic system because blue-collar people can’...

Reflections on the dojo I facilitated at Soiree du Test Logiciel

​I admit the dojo did not go well. Among the prerequisites communicated to the participants, there were only two things: Java 8 and maven. Still, almost none of the participants showed up with such...

Coders at work: Douglas Crockford

At the moment of the creation of the book he was working for Yahoo!, now he is with Paypal. The one thing that has not changed is that he is still a senior JavaScript architect. He is also the guy ...