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There are only 14 countries in the world that offer full legal rights to women. The US is not one of them.

Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands

A story about the worst legacy code I've ever encountered:

I once taught an entire team that was younger than the IBM mainframe assembler code they had to maintain on a daily basis.

The course was on TDD in Java, and everyone really seemed to enjoy it. In fact, I still recall how friendly and enthusiastic they were, considering what happened the day after the course.

By now everyone knows about Python f-strings, right?


- You can actually use uppercase F

>>> F"Yes!"

- You can pass "format specifiers" to f-strings

>>> F"today is {}"

- There's debug mode! (since Python 3.8)

❌ Stop debugging like this
>>> print(f"somevar value = {somevar}")

✅ Start doing
>>> print(F"{somevar=}")


I'm hosting an online open space event with the Samman Technical Coaching Society in a couple of weeks. It's for technical coaches to meet and talk about what we do. More info and signup:

Published a new blog: Things DBs don't do - But should!

It is based on my keynote at #ddtx23 - lots of people asked about it and there were no recordings. So I put my thoughts on writing.

Just over a week ago I was laid off by SmartBear, who acquired Cucumber in the summer of 2019.

I've written more here:

I'm still getting used to the news, and figuring out what I want to do next. In the mean-time I am available for hire as a remote freelance technical agile coach.

I'm based in the Pacific (West coast US) timezone, but I don't mind getting up (reasonably) early.

#Cucumber #Agile #Testing #TDD #BDD

"The phrase smoke test comes from electronic hardware testing. You plug in a new board and turn on the power. If you see smoke coming from the board, turn off the power. You don't have to do any more testing." –

Love the tone of the last sentence.

Co-creating (pair/mob programming) is even more important in remote working times.

The emergent behavior (going for lunch together, chats near the water cooler, spending time in the shared physical space, etc.) that was helping gel the team is gone now. Trust and vulnerability probably with it, as well.

Communication and interactions have become a lot more bounded and transactional.

Creating together is not an option, but became a necessity in sustaining a healthy, productive environment.

Here is your must-read article for the day, a profile of @emilymbender, and her efforts to deflate the ridiculous hype around large language models such as ChatGPT.

It's also about the people who are behind that hype, and about what their way of thinking has the potential to do to us.

It's worth reading all the way to the end.

I love my job, but I do find it frustrating how much of my job consists of repeatedly arguing obvious stuff like "phrenology is bad even if a computer does it" and "using probabilistic lossily-compressed text databases to guess next words is not sentience" and "understanding Merkle trees does not guarantee you'll make tons of money in speculative trading of unregulated currencies" to students and peers and occasionally university administrators.

Code written by a single developer is usually hard for others to maintain later. This is the "lone developer #problem."

@tastapod @thirstybear Ok, so I do have a bias, because I help build Quarkus. :)

But it is *so good* for TDD. It has a dev mode (`mvn quarkus:dev`) which does hot reload and continuous test running. It uses test-coverage techniques to only re-run tests that would be affected by a code change, so even in a big codebase, rerunning the tests is fast.

@edeandrea has some talks and also an article ( about TDD with Quarkus.

If you're writing software that people will send bugs from, make sure information such as version numbers and OS are in the stack traces, so you never need to ask for them.

Also, if the version number is displayed in the UI, that'll help when the bug report is a screenshot of the app misbehaving.

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@jbrains @nat I think we probably agree, too, and maybe this is conversation better had live.

When you say that "tests don't make refactoring easier" do you mean that they *sometimes* don't make refactoring easier, and this is a signal that something needs improvement? If so, I agree.

Or do you mean, "they generally don't make refactoring easier, even in code with good tests and design." If so, that's different than my experience, but l'm left wondering if it's a semantic difference.


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