I like writing tests

I like writing tests

I enjoy writing tests because I love what they give me. I love knowing that I’m adding defense against breakage from future changes. I love thinking through how a feature is really supposed to work, and having the test capture that understanding. I love thinking about edge cases that the code should handle, and writing tests for them — especially if it turns out that the code under test didn’t yet handle them correctly, because that means I’ve just saved us from a bug.
The care and feeding of tickets

The care and feeding of tickets

I can be kind of a stickler about leveraging the ticket/issue tracker in software projects (which always seems to be Jira these days, but nevermind that). I write tickets carefully; I link to related issues; I add comments to note the status of work in progress, or to record info that’s important to the work to be done.

Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie

My recent reinstall of Ubuntu 21.04 (to fix some driver problems) reminded me there is more to the world than XMonad. I played with Gnome Shell 3 for a day, and it’s all right. I don’t hate it (and I didn’t hate Unity either).

Transit of Mercurial

I’m quite fond of Mercurial, despite (though perhaps partly because of) using Git daily for the last ten years. The first DVCS I used was Darcs, which I liked; then I tried Mercurial and liked it even more. That was 2007; I didn’t get my first job in a “Git shop” until 2010. I’ve always found the Mercurial UX to be more pleasant than Git. Little things like invoking commands with unique left-substring, or seeing inbound or outbound commits with a single memorable command.