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The Little Things, Tutorials Comments

A concise guide for going from nothing to a working nodejs environment on Linux environments.

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Not Just Coding, The Little Things Comments

Some programmers try TDD and feel blocked right away. “How do I write a test for code that doesn’t yet exist?!” I remember how it felt and what happened when I tried anyway.

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Microtechniques Comments

If you want the full power of your trusted text editor to compose and edit long shell commands, then you can have it!

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Integrated Tests Are a Scam Comments

The integrated tests scam goes beyond “merely” making tests slow and brittle. Sometimes they render impossible an otherwise straightforward test.

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Integrated Tests Are a Scam Comments

Programmers get into trouble when they try to use one set of tests to check their code and someone else’s framework. Clarifying the intention of the tests and isolating these two kinds of behavior from each other tends to lead to better results overall.

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Integrated Tests Are a Scam Comments

Revised one of my earliest contributions to the evolutionary design community: abstract test cases and their evolution into contract tests

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Adventures in 11ty, Simple Design Comments

I started out by wanting a Nunjucks filter to reverse a collection of posts, from which I would later “take 10”, but then I realized I could simply program by intention.

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Simple Design, Refactoring, Removing Duplication Deftly Comments

We removed duplication as part of fixing a defect. Doing this helped us see more clearly both how to understand and fix the defect.

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Adventures in 11ty, Refactoring Comments

In the process of refactoring an 11ty configuration, I ran into an error message that I had to work hard to understand. Fortunately, microcommitting made it relatively easy to diagnose and fix the problem.

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Not Just Coding, Simple Design Comments

Writing “too many” if conditions can cause problems in code, but I think we’d all feel better understanding why this might be the case, rather than merely repeating received wisdom.

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Integrated Tests Are a Scam, Test Doubles, Not Just Coding Comments

The production implementation of an interface can fail, but the lightweight implementation that you use for testing can’t fail in the same way. How do you check that the client is handling that kind of failure? Use another kind of test double.

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