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.

Using Constructors

Monday, February 27 2023 api-design

The API we presented last time had a problem - it required users to remember to call Initialize() before an instance could be used without problems occurring.

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An Inconvenient API

Saturday, February 18 2023 api-design

Imagine that you’re working on an unreleased project, and you discover a need to extend one of your custom types. There’s some complex initialization required before methods will work properly.

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Method Archetypes

Sunday, September 11 2022 techniques

How do you decide what methods or functions to write as you’re coding? Here’s a technique that I learned about years ago that guides you towards software with great reusability and easier testability.

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A bash puzzle, solved

Saturday, July 02 2022 good-samaritan

When we finished last time, I’d just run a simple bash script with some surprising output.

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A bash puzzle

Saturday, June 25 2022 good-samaritan

Here’s a bit of a puzzle - all of the clues in this post, and the answer will follow in the next one. It starts with trying to write a simple bash script to create an Azure Resource Group.

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