Coding to the Requirements

Do you know what I love about software developers? They’ll just code to what the requirements or user stories are. I have a little joke to myself, that with the dramatic industry shift to everything-as-code (i.e. infrastructure-as-code, software-defined networking, etc), that pretty much all jobs will eventually one day be “software developer”. Take network design […]

Do Your Job Better – With Software!

An old mentor of mine told me something interesting one time.  He was the manager of a team that developed software to simulate the flight of airplanes.  He said to me, “I’d rather hire an aerospace engineer and teach them to write code, than hire a computer scientist and try to teach them aerospace engineering.” […]

Taking Your Programming to the Next Level

What are some things that I’ve learned that really made my brain stretch? I’ve seen plenty of articles or essays written talking about what the basics are that every programmer should know.  I’m not just talking about kernel authors, device drivers, or embedded microcontroller developers. I’m also talking about JavaScript or Python developers doing typical […]

Zen and the Art of…Programming?

I distinctly remember a few years ago reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I recall that at about halfway through there’s a discussion on Quality. Specifically, the speaker asserts that Quality itself is not truly definable, and Quality is the breakpoint between rationality and…whatever the opposite of rationality is. One interesting thought experiment […]