Technical Debt

I have been architecting, designing, documenting from an engineering point of view, implementing, and testing software products and services for a few decades. Many years ago, working for a Fortune 500, I was troubled by the practices used to develop software. It seems that there had to be better ways to get from requirements to products and services. That induced me to read books and papers and take several college courses in order to satisfy my curiosity and be able to apply and create better ways. Continue reading “Technical Debt”

Testing With Dependency Inversion

Earlier this week I was talking with a system architect. He mentioned what I consider a sensitive and interesting question. How do you use Dependency Inversion (DI) to test software? If you are interested in this question please stop reading and allow yourself a few minutes thinking about the question and associated answer. Continue reading “Testing With Dependency Inversion”

C++ or Java?

Last week I was talking with a manager on the subject of C++ versus Java. The motivation behind this was if a project needs to be developed in C++ does experience in Java could be useful to quickly learn the specifics of C++ and become proficient in a very short period of time.

I would like to share my thoughts regarding this question. Perhaps it will shed some light into similar discussions that may arise in current or future projects. I would like to state that in my software development career I have learned and used a few procedural and OO programming languages (Assembly Language (multiple processors), BASIC, Bash shell, C shell, C, C++, C#, Fortran, Java, JavaScript, Pascal, Perl, PHP, PL/1, PL/C, Python, Ruby on Rails, SQL, Visual Basic and Visual C++ among others). In some projects I have written several million LOC using a single programming language. Continue reading “C++ or Java?”

The Single-Responsibility Principle

Today is January 01, 2017. Happy and prosperous New Year!!!

As I have mentioned in prior blog entries, among many other activities, I enjoy reading technical books in order to learn, refresh and on occasions question what some may consider common knowledge. One of the books that I am currently reading is “Agile Software Development Principles, Patterns and Development” by Robert C. Martin. So far, I recommend this book to people studying and practicing computer science. Continue reading “The Single-Responsibility Principle”

Prime Numbers

The motivation for this entry is based on chapter 5 of the book Agile Software Development Principles, Patterns and Practices by Robert Martin. In that chapter the author writes an initial program with correct output. The issue is that it is not as simple to follow (and possibly maintain) as the final one. The final one is longer but much easier to follow.

I was not able to find the source code in the URL specified by the book: www.objectmentor.com/PPP (the domain is up for grabs). I wanted to determine if the performance would be different (better) for the short program when compared against the longer one, which also outputs the same results. Continue reading “Prime Numbers”

Test Driven Development

What is Test Driven Development? Is it useful? Should I and my team make use of it?

According to Wikipedia (I have edited the following paragraphs):

“Test-driven development (TDD) is a software development process that relies on the repetition of a very short development cycle: Requirements are turned into very specific test cases. The software is improved to pass new tests, only. This is opposed to software development that allows software to be added that is not proven to meet requirements. Continue reading “Test Driven Development”

Should One Start a Project Without Requirements?

A week or two ago, a couple engineers and I were discussing software engineering topics and the following question came up: “Would you start a software development project without requirements”? As you might expect, this is a loaded question that has no single correct answer.

What follows are my thoughts on how to put the question and answers in perspective. Continue reading “Should One Start a Project Without Requirements?”

Interesting Tweet

tweeterI tend to wake up early morning and spend some time reading on my phone. Today was not different. I browse my Tweeter account about three times a day. Typically I do not reply or re tweet. I am a firm believer that software engineering and understanding the inner works of computers and how operating systems run applications is extremely important in producing quality software.

The following is a tweet from David Mwathi (re tweeted by Marcus Biel):

“Good programmers are good because they make a diagram before they start coding”

Continue reading “Interesting Tweet”

Multiple Programming Languages

prog-languagesI have dedicated my professional career to different disciplines (i.e., graphics, software engineering) within Computer Science. In this blog entry I would like to summarize some observations regarding computer languages. At different stages in life (e.g., college, work, self study, and business owner) most developers are required or just decide to learn different programming languages. An issue that frequently comes up with project managers is: “Knowing and using multiple programming languages is better or worse for a software developer?” In this blog entry I would like to provide some insights on how to respond to this question. Continue reading “Multiple Programming Languages”