01 Jan 2015
Web Development means a lot of use of SQL, even in the time of the NoSQL Hype.
A great amount of code running under the hood is always talking to some kind
of database. As usual, the more you use something, the more you ignore how it
really works. That lack of knowledge results sometimes in wrong data management
and performance issues. Since programming and software design relies on
data structures, for performing code structures over them, the more you understand
database structures and its internal operations, the best you design your code.
01 Dec 2014
Writing code is not an impersonal activity. On the contrary it has a close
connection with feelings, taste and personal ideas. That means there is not just
a way of doing things in programming, and those personal framework is at the end
the origin of main software development decisions. I have tried to summarize
those ones I personally like.
01 Nov 2014
When you write code, in a team or just as a single developer, you get a lot of
benefits using a Source Code Management (aka Version Control) tool.
When you start to use it, you don't even know how you survived before. Version
Control System (VCS) records changes to file/s over time so that you can recall
specific versions later. It helps a lot giving you an structured way for
managing changes, naming them, tagging them and sharing them with other
developers. Despite its importance, there is often a lack of taste for VCS
management among developers. Let's see some of them.
01 Oct 2014
A painter knows well how the surface works, paper, canvas, copper o whatever.
A plumber understands how a toilet tank expels the water. A film director has
some kind of knowledge about the internal operations running when the movie
camera starts to display motion picture film by projecting it onto a screen.
Web developer is related to web browser in a similar form, but often there
is a deep lack of knowledge about web browser's nature: how it is built,
how it works, how it is used. The more you know about this, the best you
design your code.