It's one of the paradoxes of blogging that most every blogger (including myself) is sharing what they know right now (let's quietly ignore those who blog purely for traffic and vanity). Since everyone is learning, this can result in poor or misleading information being shared just as much as good information. Keep this in mind as you read any blog - including this one. How experienced is the writer? How well do they really know what they're talking about? Do they blog about their mistakes as well as their successes?

I'm just as flawed as other bloggers, so you should feel encouraged to check my ideas for yourself. Keep the date in mind as well - in our fast moving field, even good ideas can become obsolete.

Improve your troubleshooting by aggregating errors

Saturday, June 11 2022 go

In the early days of the web, circa 1995 or so, it was common for the forms on websites to return a single error on submission, identifying only the first field that needed attention. This resulted frequent failed submissions as users would only be able to fix one thing at a time. To say that this made for a laborious and frustrating process would be a massive understatement.

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Improve your troubleshooting by wrapping errors

Saturday, May 28 2022 go

When managing errors in your code, help out your future self (and anyone else who will be supporting your code in the future) by doing more than the simplest possible thing.

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Keep your promises

Saturday, May 14 2022 go

One of the best ways to disappoint someone is to break a promise - and this applies both to the software we write and the applications we use as well.

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When are you done?

Monday, April 18 2022 professional

How do you tell when you are finished working on a change you are making to the code on your current project?

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Fixing GitHub Authentication

Sunday, November 28 2021 samaritan

Returning to a project that had lain fallow for several months, I found I was unable to push changes from my work in progress branch up to GitHub.

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