My previous love affair with Scala has cooled a little since I discovered Kotlin, which is my language of choice for new projects. However, I did produce a light-weight Scala library at the time to make JDBC queries easy and transparent, with a gentle learning curve and a minimum of boilerplate. Recently I brushed up a little and upgraded the dependencies. You can find it on my gitlab. (more…)
It’s been roughly two years since I wrote and staged my IT-comedy Fair Trade, which we performed on location for two teams of developers. Great fun it was, and it’s available here if you read Dutch. With all my years of experience in incremental product delivery I was wondering: could you produce a play in monthly sprints, sharing the incremental deliveries with an audience? Spoiler: no, you couldn’t. It’d be torture for everyone involved. It’s waterfall or nothing. (more…)
There’s a joke that if you ask a developer to code a program to process widgets, they’d rather build a domain specific language and tool stack first to make life easier for when they might one day build the software that does the actual work.
A lot of development effort is under way to build a true Kotlin ecosystem, but I don’t think it’s all good news. Read more in my latest post for NLKUG.
At the fictional offices of the Dupuis publishing house Gaston’s job was responsible to sort the incoming mail, but instead he wreaked havoc with his irresponsible fascination for the applied sciences. Everything Gaston touched resulted in a hefty bill from the real professionals and often a quick trip to the emergency room for him and his colleagues. Gaston was impulsive, reckless, without care or a shred of actual know-how, and occasionally brilliant. Granted, he was also an animal lover and never meant any harm. He was drawn most to mechanics and electronics, but also concocted a soap that ate through six floors like the blood of the Alien.