01 Nov 2017
(TLDR: This is just my story of how I got more convinced that this “Copenhagen Interpretation” thing, this idea of “something being in two different states at the same time”, is not right. If you do not like stories, you can stop reading at this point. )
What is that?
29 Oct 2017
During the panel discussion at the DevCon Davao 2017 last October 7, the panelists talked about the number of programmers needed by the industry versus the number of programmers being produced by the academia.
One of the panelists said that the industry needs about 5000 programmers every year (if I am not mistaken), but the academia only produces more than 1000 graduates per year. The academia is not able to meet the demand for programmers.
But what if there is another solution to this problem?
28 Oct 2017
About four weeks before my talk for DevCon Davao 2017 last October 7, I started reading the “Rough Cuts” of Uncle Bob Martin’s book “Clean Architecture: A Craftsman’s Guide to Software Structure and Design” available at Safari Books Online. (I might find gems in it I can use to answer questions that might be thrown at me during the talk! )
The book was very good. Some blurry concepts, which I read in Uncle Bob’s blog and heard in his talks, were cleared.
But in chapter four of the book, he said this:
Of course, not all statements are provable. The statement: “This is a lie.” is neither true nor false. It is one of the simplest examples of a statement that is not provable.
I was skeptical about that.
25 Oct 2017
Disclaimer first: I’m not a scientist. I only learned a bit about how things work in the world of science (what laws or theories are, for example) through Dr. Werner Gitt’s talk titled “In the Beginning was Information”
But I read someone in the past who said that when we, normal (non-scientist) people, hear the word scientist, what we have in mind is someone wearing a lab gown, experimenting with things in a neutral fashion and presenting the results, in an unbiased way, of those experiments when they are done.
Then the author went on to say that that is not always the case.
15 Oct 2017
A few weeks ago, as part of my preparation of my talk on Clean Architecture and TDD, I re-read Uncle Bob’s blog posts on Clean Architecture…
“… I’ve been surprised by the reactions to these ideas. I understand that people naturally resist change; and that lots of programmers aren’t used to the ideas of decoupling (read that clause several times and weep). But this is not some new idea that occurred to me out of the blue. These ideas are old…”
— from Uncle Bob’s blog post titled “Clean Architecture”
14 Oct 2017
I thought the Nand2Tetris offering of Coursera last 2015 did not give certificates…
14 Oct 2017
When I first heard about “pair programming” a few years ago, I fell in love with it.
I thought to myself that this will be a great way to learn from someone else; much better than code review!
I can see firsthand how a master does his work, and I can have someone to guide me with my work! Wow! It is a good way of doing the “transfer of knowledge” thing (which I first heard from my first boss).
It is a great help in minimizing the mistakes that I might put into a codebase, because someone else is looking at my work in real time, which of course will make me confident about my work.
I hoped that someday I will be able to experience doing pair programming.
12 Oct 2017
Sometimes (or many times?), I am one of those grumbling programmers. (Read this blog post of mine a few months ago)…
I never thought that grumbling or murmuring was very bad until about two weeks ago; when my brother in law, Orland Pervandos, talked about grumbling as one of the “common temptations” that the Corinthians (I Cor 10:10) were experiencing; and that grumbling and complaining are the first two “ungodly deeds” listed in Jude 16.
09 Oct 2017
Like what I said in a previous blog post, I would like to compensate for the failure of not being able to finish my demo during the talk last Saturday. So I have created videos of me performing the demo.
Here are the videos…
In these videos, you will see me making mistakes; you will hear me mispronouncing words ; you will see me breaking the rule of writing the tests first.
If you have comments, suggestions, or feedback (negative or positive) about these videos (and about the talk last Saturday, if you were there during the talk ), please tell me.