On Secretly Terrible Engineers - A Rebuttal

Today an article was brought to my attention. One that, at the time of writing this post, had hit the front page of various sites (including Hacker News) and had been shared over 2,600 times. The article is On Secretly Terrible Engineers, which is a criticism of the tech industry and the mentality which it holds towards hiring both new and experienced developers/engineers. Spoiler: I strongly disagree with most of this article. [Read More]

iPhone 6: Style Over Substance

Intro Like many of you, today I watched the Apple media event in which they announced both the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch. I’m not going to talk about the watch, but instead about the phone. For years Apple has been a true cachet brand. They are a luxury item that is sought after for status and image. I don’t blame anyone for owning an iPhone: they’re reasonably sexy and you get to show off the Apple branding. [Read More]

To Node.js Or Not To Node.js

Intro Node.js – it has rapidly become the “new hotness” in the tech start-up realm. With each passing day, the fan base of Node lovers grows larger, spreading their rhetoric like a religion. How do you spot a Node.js user? Don’t worry, they’ll let you know. One day you’re at a regular user group meeting, sipping soda and talking with some colleagues, when the subject turns to Node. “Have you guys tried Node. [Read More]

Static vs Instance string.Equals Benchmark

A friend of mine commented on my last post asking about how much faster the static string.Equals method is than the instance string.Equals method. To satiate both of our curiosities, I have created this benchmarking application: static void Main(string[] args) { var stopwatch = new Stopwatch(); string a = "hello"; string b = "hi"; stopwatch.Start(); for (int i = 0; i < 10000000; i++) { a.Equals(b); } stopwatch.Stop(); Console.WriteLine("Instance string.Equals over 10,000,000 iterations: " + stopwatch. [Read More]

Static vs Instance string.Equals

As you may or may not know, static methods are usually faster than instance methods. This alone should be a good enough reason to use the static string.Equals methodin .NET, but if that doesn’t do it for you, allow me to present a simple example. string a = "hello"; string b = "hi"; bool result = a.Equals(b); What is the expected result of these lines? A boolean value of false, of course. [Read More]

The Joel Test Really is Meaningful

Well, it’s been nearly 2 months since my last post… I’m learning that if you want a blog to be successful, you have to carve time out of your busy life and make it happen. So, with renewed focus, I re-enter the fray. The Joel Testis a curious and honest thing. It has been around since the year 2000 and was invented by a guy named Joel Spolsky, as the name might imply. [Read More]