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10 things I learned making the fastest site in the world

This post is about performance techniques, so I hope you won’t mind that the site in question is not quite finished.

Building Microservices? Here is what you should know

Just to refresh our memories, micro service architecture is an evolution of the SOA architecture, whereas SOA was focused on integration of various applications, Micro services architecture (MSA) aims to create small modular services which belong to a single application.

Falsehoods Programmers Believe About CSVs

Much of my professional work for the last 10+ years has revolved around handing, importing and exporting CSV files. CSV files are frustratingly misunderstood, abused, and most of all underspecified. While RFC4180 exists, it is far from definitive and goes largely ignored.

Writing software is hard

Good software is uncommon because writing it is hard. In the abstract, we all know that it is hard. We talk incessantly about how it’s hard. And yet, we also collectively seem shocked — just shocked! — when the expectable happens and the software we’re exposed to or is working on turns out poor.

Coding standards horror story

Early in my career, actually my first "real" job, I worked for a guy named Mark. Mark was an amazingly smart and driven programmer and I learned a lot from him.