Category Archives: Meta-coding

Have kit, will travel–What’s in my kit bag

I love bags. I mean, I REALLY love bags. Along with jackets, they’re my favourite piece of clothing (note I said clothing, not accessory). That said, a bag has to be functional and hold things. So, how do you decide … Continue reading

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Old tricks and new dogs: PHP and character encoding

Recently, I’ve found myself maintaining a code base that involves, amongst other things, a fair bit of PHP code. I mean a lot. It’s been a few years since I’ve been elbow deep in PHP, and I figured it’d be … Continue reading

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Translating Tech: Working with non-technical co-workers–Speak their language

We’ve all been there. Sitting in a meeting, carefully explaining what it is that, “you do.” Defining acronyms, using kludged paraphrasing, and ham-fisted allegories. Sometimes, it feels like you’re speaking a different language. Well, on a certain level, that’s exactly … Continue reading

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Translating Tech: Working with non-technical co-workers–Use your words

We’ve all been there. Sitting in a meeting, carefully explaining what it is that, “you do.” Defining acronyms, using kludged paraphrasing, and ham-fisted allegories. Sometimes, it feels like you’re speaking a different language. Well, on a certain level, that’s exactly … Continue reading

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Uh-oh: The absolute necessity of source control

So you added a new feature to your program and it required a few changes throughout the app. Then, once you test it, you realize it doesn’t work the way you wanted and you need to strip it out and … Continue reading

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I’m a coder, not a doctor: Triaging Bugs in Personal Projects

Just the other day I was asked what I initially thought was a simple question: “How do you triage bugs in a personal project?” In typical fashion, I over analyzed it, but outlined a system that met the questioner’s needs.

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