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What if the Architect is Wrong?

You most probably know what I think about the architect role on a software project—it’s that of a dictator who makes all technical decisions and who bears the entire responsibility for the final result. I wrote about it and even gave a task Who is a Software Architect? at BuildStuff in 2016. However, the …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday January 15, 2019


Hazardous Enthusiasm

On a daily basis I deal with many programmers who contribute to my open source projects, either as volunteers or for money via Zerocracy (and my software projects are all open source). Over the years I have realized that there is a pattern in their behavior, which I need to be scared aware of. I call it …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday January 1, 2019


Speaker Cheat Sheet

I speak at software conferences regularly. Over the last three years I spoke in 30 cities and 10 countries. I recorded almost all of them, you can see them here and on my YouTube channel . My principal rule is that I never give the same speech more than once. Every time it’s a new deck of slides and a new flow of …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday December 25, 2018


Why I Don’t Want to Live in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is a great place to be … or maybe not. I’ve spent five years there, from 2011 till 2016. I did enjoy some parts of it, but others were not enjoyable at all. Here is a quick summary of what’s wrong with this territory. I can’t speak about the rest of the United States since, even though I’ve seen some …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday December 18, 2018


Unit Testing Anti-Patterns, Full List

I wrote some time ago about anti-patterns in OOP . Now it’s time to write about unit testing anti-patterns—because they also exist, and there are many. I will try to include every example I know in this list. If you know any others, please add them via a pull request or post a comment below. For each anti-pattern I …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday December 11, 2018


You Can Do Better

OK, it’s time to publish this piece. I’ve been dancing around it for quite a while, telling you how to make more per hour , how to manage those stupid managers that don’t let you grow, how to boost your career and how to deal with office slavery . Now here is a simple, plain list of recommendations for you: what …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday November 27, 2018


Tech Journalism Sucks

This July, just four months ago, I submitted an article to InfoQ , a popular online tech magazine. In the article I suggested that in order to improve our projects we must not make programmers worry about the quality of code they write, but instead let them focus mostly on the speed of delivery. The quality, I argued …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday November 20, 2018


Beware of Bigotry

Bobby Fischer , the eleventh World Chess Champion, was one of the best chess players of the last century. Did you know that, along with anti-Semitic statements , he also said that women chess players “aren’t creative and are all fish”? Did you also know that he publicly described the 9/11 events as “wonderful …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday November 13, 2018


Do You Test Ruby Code for Thread Safety?

Are you a Ruby developer? If you are, I’m pretty sure you have a very vague idea of what concurrency and thread safety are. No offense, but this is what I’ve figured out after dealing with Ruby code and speaking with Ruby programmers over the last half a year. I’ve been writing in Ruby pretty actively recently and I …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday November 6, 2018


Don’t Make Me Guess

It’s Sunday. I’m at home, drinking tea and writing a new document for one of our future investors. One of my contacts in Telegram all of a sudden shoots me a message. I haven’t talked to this guy for at least two months. He is a software developer. I know him because he works at Zerocracy . His name is Paul. …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday October 16, 2018


You Think You Can Control Us?

I was explaining how Zerocracy works to one of our prospective clients yesterday. He texted me today: “[At Zerocracy] there is no commitment and anybody is free to leave any time, so the risk of entrusting a highly important project to such a platform and failing to deliver it on time is very high. We will develop …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday October 9, 2018


Software Quality Award, 2019

This is the fifth year of the Software Quality Award . The prize is still the same— $4,096 . The rules are still the same. Read on. Previous years are here: 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018 . Fill out THIS FORM to submit your project. Rules: One person can submit only one project. …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Sunday September 30, 2018


Fear of Decoupling

Objects talk to each other via their methods. In mainstream programming languages, like Java or C#, an object may have a unique set of methods together with some methods it is forced to have because it implements certain types, also known as interfaces . My experience of speaking with many programmers tells me that …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday September 18, 2018


Code Must Be Clean. And Clear.

There is a famous book by Robert Martin called Clean Code . The title is an obvious call to all of us: the code must be clean . Clean, like a kitchen, I suppose—there are no dirty dishes, no garbage on the floor, no smelly towels. Dirt to be cleaned in a code base, according to Martin, includes large methods, …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Wednesday September 12, 2018


Monolithic Repos Are Evil

We all keep our code in Git version control repositories. The question is whether we should create a new repository for each new module or try to keep as much as possible in a single so called “monolithic” repo. Market leaders, like Facebook and Google , advocate the second approach. I believe they are wrong. …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Wednesday September 5, 2018


Soft Skills Demystified

There are tech skills and there are soft skills. Every programmer knows that. Tech skills are about algorithms, operators, classes, objects, and everything else they teach us in tech schools. Soft skills are about something else. What exactly? Difficult to say. Let’s try to clear the air. Glengarry Glen Ross …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Wednesday August 29, 2018


Builders and Manipulators

Here is a simple principle for naming methods in OOP, which I’m trying to follow in my code: it’s a verb if it manipulates , it’s a noun if it builds . That’s it. Nothing in between. Methods like saveFile() or getTitle() don’t fit and must be renamed and refactored. Moreover, methods that “manipulate” must …

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Wednesday August 22, 2018


70/70

A few days ago, a friend of mine asked me to join him in a new startup. He said that he needed a partner, to help him partially finance the project, promote it, bring in new ideas, and push the business forward. I liked the business idea and wanted to participate. I started to ask questions about our future partnershi…

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Written by Yegor Bugayenko - - Aggregated on Tuesday August 14, 2018