Examining the Case for Switch Statements

For nearly 50 years, the switch statement (also known as the case statement) has been an integral part of programming. In recent years, however, some are claiming that the switch statement has outlived its usefulness. Others go even further by labeling the switch statement as a code-smell. In 1952, Stephen Kleene conceived the switch statement…

4 Practices to Lowering Your Defect Rate

Writing software is a battle between complexity and simplicity. Striking balance between the two is difficult. The trade-off is between long unmaintainable methods and too much abstraction. Tilting too far in either direction impairs code readability and increases the likelihood of defects. Are defects avoidable? NASA tries, but they also do truckloads of testing. Their…

Ignorance is Bliss When Using Frameworks

In software engineering, there is a prevailing idea that an engineer should only use a framework when he or she understands the internal workings. This is a fallacy. Why is it that we must know the internal workings — do the details matter that much? Some might say ignorance is bliss. Car Engine Let’s examine…

8 Must Have Extensions for Brackets.io

Everyone has a favorite editor. We each have reasons for choosing our editor. I’ve tried them all. And I’ve found that Brackets.io best suits me. Unfortunately, there are gaps in the functionality of Brackets.io. With a robust ecosystem of extensions, I’ve found 8 extensions that complete Brackets.io. Here is a list of my 8 must…

Setting up Continuous Integration on Ubuntu with Nodejs

I went through blood, sweat and tears to bring this to you. I suffered the scorching heat of Death Valley and summited the peaks of Mount McKinley. I’ve sacrificed much. Much of content shared in the post is not my original work. Where I can, I link back to the original work. This article assumes…