Comments on The Twelve-Factor App

August 22, 2015

The Twelve-Factor App is a recent methodology (and/or a manifesto) for writing web applications that hopefully is getting quite popular. Although I don’t agree 100% with the recommendations, I ‘ll quickly go through all 12 factors and discuss them in the light of the Java ecosystem, mentioning the absolute “musts” and the points where I […]

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A Software Engineer As a High-Level Government Adviser

August 13, 2015

Two months ago I took the job of adviser to the cabinet of the deputy prime minister of my country (the Republic of Bulgaria, an EU member). And I’d like to share my perspective of a technical person, as well as some of my day-to-day activities which might be of interest. How does a software […]

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Events Don’t Eliminate Dependencies

August 2, 2015

Event (or message) driven systems (in their two flavors) have some benefits. I’ve already discussed why I think they are overused. But that’s not what I’m going to write about now. I’m going to write (very briefly) about “dependencies” and “coupling”. It may seem that when we eliminate the compile-time dependencies, we eliminate coupling between […]

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Government Abandonware

July 25, 2015

Governments order software for their allegedly very specific needs. And the EU government (The European Commission) orders “visionary” software that will supposedly one day be used by many member states that will be able to communicate with each other. Unfortunately, a lot of that software is abandonware. It gets built, the large public doesn’t see […]

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Should We Look For a PRISM Alternative?

May 3, 2015

I just watched Citizen Four, and that made me think again about mass surveillance. And it’s complicated. I would like to leave aside the US foreign policy (where I agree with Chomsky’s criticism), and whether “terrorist attacks” would have been an issue if the US government didn’t do all the bullshit it does across the […]

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KISS With Essential Complexity

April 14, 2015

Accidental complexity, in a broader sense, is the complexity that developers add to their code and that is not necessary for the code to work. That may include overengineering, overuse of design patterns, poor choice of tools, frameworks and paradigms, writing snippets of code in a hard to read way. For example, if you can […]

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A Non-Blocking Benchmark

March 23, 2015

A couple of weeks ago I asked the question “Why non-blocking?”. And I didn’t reach a definitive answer, although it seemed that writing non-blocking code is not the better option – it’s not supposed to be faster or have higher throughput, even though conventional wisdom says it should. So, leaving behind the theoretical questions, I […]

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How to Land a Software Engineering Job?

March 13, 2015

The other day I read this piece by David Byttow on “How to land an engineering job”. And I don’t fully agree with his assertions. I do agree, of course, that one must always be writing code. Not writing code is the worst that can happen to a software engineer. But some details are where […]

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Why Non-Blocking?

March 2, 2015

I’ve been writing non-blocking, asynchronous code for the past year. Learning how it works and how to write it is not hard. Where are the benefits coming from is what I don’t understand. Moreover, there is so much hype surrounding some programming models, that you have to be pretty good at telling marketing from rumours […]

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My Development Setup

February 23, 2015

I think I may have a pretty non-standard development setup (even for a Java-and-Scala developer). I use Windows, which I guess almost no “real” developer does. I’ve tried Linux (Ubuntu) a couple of times, but it ruins my productivity (or what’s left of it after checking all social networks). But how do I manage to […]

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