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Nigel Pepper

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Rails is omakase; so is AngularJS

Opinions

DHH, one of the creators of Rails wrote a seminal blog post about Rails’ configurability and design to permit choice, while still presenting opinions on application structure. This sits well with my general sense of what’s right. I like things that don’t force me to make arbitrary decisions early on in development.

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Doing it right

A famous American man called Theodore Roosevelt once wrote:

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

I am somehow drawn to this, while at the same time, believe that with most things worth doing, there is a hard, and an easy way to approach them.

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Developing; Fast and Slow

I recently picked up a copy of Daniel Kahnemann’s Thinking; Fast and Slow. It’s an excellent book describing, amongst other things, the many ways in which our brains process signals and inputs from our environment. I’m talking here about various stimuli which affect our behavior both consciously and subconsciously.

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5 tenets of Web Smiles

Make me Happy

Usability has always been an important facet of success in whatever measure, on the web. Despite many usability horrors (which I won’t call out here), people are incredibly adept at ‘muddling through’. This muddling through is a notion which Steve Krug’s excellent Don’t make me Think articulates really well.

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Oracle Motorsports

TL;DR: Troubleshooting Oracle performance issues is non-trivial. Pay attention to Oracle’s memory management settings when experiencing local slowness, particularly if running against Oracle XE (express edition) where memory thresholds a quite conservative by default.

In circuit racing, there’s an old mantra,

Slow in, Fast out.

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