Some notes on remote working

Maybe there’s an irony to reading the 37 Signals book Remote while on a business trip. I’ve been remote working for clients since finishing at Intel. It seems a more humane way to work – and I’m convinced it’s also better for the companies. But, obviously, there is still some contact time required, which means business… Continue reading Some notes on remote working

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A Day at an Alexa Workshop

Back at the start of July, I attended an Alexa workshop in Brighton. I planned to blog about it soon after, but client work took over my life a little, sending me to LA and Dublin in the process. The session was a good one and I wanted to note some of the interesting things… Continue reading A Day at an Alexa Workshop

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The Complexity of Java

Java has become much more complicated over the years. I started working with the language back in 2000. I’d been a database developer for a couple of years, working with Oracle, but wanted to create more general applications. I learned enough to pass my first Java job interview with two books: Laura Lemay’s Teach Yourself… Continue reading The Complexity of Java

Discipline vs. scheduling

One of the best statements I’ve read on developer discipline (which for me includes testing, documentation etc) came from Robert C. Martin: “You know what you believe by observing yourself in a crisis. If in a crisis you follow your disciplines, then you truly believe in those disciplines. On the other hand, if you change… Continue reading Discipline vs. scheduling

The best answer to the factorial code interview question

Whenever I interview a developer, I always ask them to write code on a whiteboard. Nothing too complicated – I expect everyone uses an IDE these days and the candidate is also probably feeling a little nervous. The big interview cliche is asking for a method producing a Fibonacci sequence. Even with telephone screening, this still… Continue reading The best answer to the factorial code interview question

Alexa, Please

I sometimes feel uncomfortable giving orders to Alexa. I know that she is a series of scripts, and have a good idea of the technology involved, but I still dislike barking demands at her. I’ve read a couple of articles about parents who were concerned about their children’s interactions with Alexa. In a post entitled,… Continue reading Alexa, Please

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