Being Prepared

It happens every once in a while. I waltz into the classroom looking forward to a new lesson and suddenly realize that today is the final exam. Everything I should have been preparing for is finally due. And I haven’t done anything — no flash cards, no notes, no readings, no late night, caffeine-infested sessions…

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Failing Fast

Raise your hand if you have seen this before in your development or production error logs.

As you might have guessed, this is informing us that we are calling a method or property on an object that is currently null. The stack trace might be able to help us to locate where the error…

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What is Software Quality?

What would you say if I asked you what are the marks of high quality software? Would you have answered, “a really nice/slick/sexy user interface?” Or perhaps you would have said, “absence of known defects or bugs.” Those in the TDD camp might have replied, “thoroughly tested and validated with automation.” Or an architect might…

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