Friday Reads – 25th September 2015 – #3

A Software Developer’s Guide to Clean Code

For those too who haven’t read Uncle Bob’s ‘Clean Code’ book.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/developers/articles/week04aug15/a-software-developers-guide-to-clean-code/

A Little Structure

It’s almost as if his ears were burning. Here’s Uncle Bob’s rabbit warren-esque take on structured programming. Seriously, you could spend a lot of time on this article. Otherwise, it’s pretty short, and a compelling read.

http://blog.cleancoder.com/uncle-bob/2015/09/23/ALittleStructure.html

Bringing Objectivity to Clean Code

This might resonate with some folk. There’s some good stuff here on its relationship to code reviews.

http://blog.ndepend.com/bringing-objectivity-to-clean-code/

Whatever happened to Minority Report’s technology predictions?

The first thing I thought was “Holy crap! It’s 13 years since minority report.”

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/sep/18/minority-reports-technology-gestural-control-leap-motion

Why type-first development matters

TFD can allow developers to communicate, prototype system ideas. Moreover it can help with Unit Testing/TDD and promotes ease of extensibility.

http://tomasp.net/blog/type-first-development.aspx/

PL/SQL Brain Teaser: how many ways can you define a cursor in PL/SQL?

I won’t spoil it. The answer is buried away in the comments.

http://stevenfeuersteinonplsql.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/plsql-brain-teaser-how-many-ways-can.html

What We Know About Spreadsheet Errors

An old study, but I think still relevant. An audit of spreadsheets in seven different studies between 1987 and 2007 reported that 88% contained errors. Financial services firms, like ourselves, make heave use of spreadsheets.

http://panko.shidler.hawaii.edu/SSR/Mypapers/whatknow.htm

Stop Pushing The Web Forward

“Simplicity, URLs, and reach” — those are exactly the things the web community should focus on. Native apps can’t out-web the web, and web apps should embrace that.

http://daringfireball.net/linked/2015/09/15/ppk-stop-pushing-web-forward

Mission statement generator

Why waste millions on a mission statement when you can get one here:

http://www.laughing-buddha.net/toys/mission

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