Friday Reads – 18th December 2015 – #14

Ho ho ho, and all that.

It’s the last Friday reads of 2015. I’ve resisted the temptation to Christmasify this, so here’s a bog-standard list of reads.

Happy Christmas and new year.

An Engineer Explains Why You Should Always Order the Larger Pizza

Do you know how hard it is to organise pizzas for group of people at a meeting? ‘Very’, is the answer I found out this week.  Whilst it sounds a bit like stating the obvious, there’s some sound reasoning here:

http://www.lifehacker.co.uk/2014/02/28/engineer-explains-always-order-larger-pizza

90:9:1 – the odd ratio that technology keeps creating

Something to rival Moore’s Law?

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/12/ratio-technology-mozilla-firefox-os-90-9-1

Avoiding The Politics of Code Review

There’s been a quite a code-review theme of late to these posts. It continues here with some patterns and anti-patters regarding office politics and pitfalls involved in getting a process in place.

http://www.daedtech.com/avoiding-the-politics-of-code-review

Web Scraping in C#

I’ve used HTMLAgilityPack in the past with various degrees of annoyance. But this now seems to have gone dead, and hasn’t been updated for since September 2014. AgileSharp seems to be current and do so much more.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/cdndevs/archive/2015/12/17/web-scraping-in-c.aspx

Microsoft Edge’s JavaScript engine to go open-source

Continuing with Microsoft’s impressive drive towards open source.

https://blogs.windows.com/msedgedev/2015/12/05/open-source-chakra-core/

The Rules Of Attraction

I’ve posted in the past about company culture, recruitment and attracting talent. This continues in the same vein. A though-provoking read.

Language: http://blog.ploeh.dk/2015/12/03/the-rules-of-attraction-language/

Location: http://blog.ploeh.dk/2015/12/04/the-rules-of-attraction-location/

Comics

A whole coders life: http://www.commitstrip.com/en/2015/12/11/a-whole-coders-life/

When you’ve been keeping a project running by the skin of your teeth: http://www.commitstrip.com/en/2015/12/16/when-youve-been-keeping-a-project-running-by-the-skin-of-your-teeth/

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