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Things I Learnt The Hard Way - Start Stupid

1 minute read Published: 2019-07-01

One way to get away from the IDE is to "start stupid": Just get the compiler and get an editor (ANY editor) with code highlight and do your thing: Code, build it, run it.

Things I Learnt The Hard Way - Always Use Timezones With Your Dates

1 minute read Published: 2019-07-01

No matter if the date you're receiving is in your local timezone and you'll display it in your timezone, sooner or later, the fact that you ignored there was a timezone behind that date will hurt you.

Things I Learnt The Hard Way - Always Use UTF-8 For Your Strings

2 minute read Published: 2019-07-01

Long gone are the days where ASCII was enough for everyone. Long gone are the days where you can deal with strings with no "weird" or "funny" characters.

Things I Learnt The Hard Way - Cognitive Cost Is The Readability Killer

1 minute read Published: 2019-06-26

"Cognitive dissonance" is a fancy way of saying "I need to remember two (or more) different and contradicting things at the same time to understand this." Keeping those different things in your head creates a cost and it keeps accumulating the more indirect the things are ('cause you'll have to keep all those in your head).

Things I Learnt The Hard Way - Thinking Data Flow Beats Patterns

1 minute read Published: 2019-06-26

When you're trying to find a solution to your problem, think on the way the data will flow through your code.

Things I Learnt The Hard Way - Learn The Basics of Functional Programming

2 minute read Published: 2019-06-26

At this point, you should at least have heard about how cool functional programming is. There are a lot of concepts here, but at least the very basic ones you should keep in mind.

Things I Learnt The Hard Way - The Magical Number Seven, Plus Or Minus Two

3 minute read Published: 2019-06-26

"The magical number" is a psychology article about the number of things one can keep in their mind at the same time.

Things I Learnt The Hard Way - Understand And Stay Away From Cargo Cult

1 minute read Published: 2019-06-25

"Cargo cult" is a type of cult which appeared in the Melanesia, in which the natives would build their copy of an airplane (no motor, 'cause they didn't have the knowledge to build one -- or even knew what went inside the airplane) in the hopes they would get the same results as a real airplane.

Things I Learnt The Hard Way - Don't Mess With Things Outside Your Project

1 minute read Published: 2019-06-25

Simple rule: Is the code yours or from your team? Good, you can make any changes you want. Does it come from outside? DON'T. TOUCH. IT.

Things I Learnt The Hard Way - Design Patters Are Used to Name Solution, Not Find Them

1 minute read Published: 2019-06-25

Most of the times I saw design patterns being applied, they were applied as a way to find a solution, so you end up twisting a solution -- and, sometimes, the problem it self -- to fit the pattern.