Your Programming Resume is Garbage

Over the last several years, I’ve had a chance to read a few Programming Resumes.  Or, I should say, TRY to read a few resumes.  But frankly, if the Programming Resume I typically see is common, everyone who reads my blog needs this advice.  I haven’t seen a barely adequate resume in years.  And I’m sick of it.  Oh, it’s good for me of course.  I know my resume is going to stand out as such a unique work of art compared to the others, that I will get a call back right away.  After all, if the competition is so incredibly weak, I don’t even need to try.

On the other hand, as someone who has to read these resumes, I’d like to have something better.

And no, I’m not going to go over the standard “how to make your resume awesome” stuff because evidently most programmers can’t even get the basics down.  Seriously!

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Exposing Secret JavaScript privates to Unit Tests

The question comes up all the time, “How do I access JavaScript privates from my Unit Tests?”  And invariably, the purist chimes in with the answer, “you don’t”.

But, isn’t the point of unit testing to allow us to test UNITs?  Why artificially limit our ability to test units if we don’t need to?  If we had the ability to create protected members, wouldn’t we tests those separately?

So, what follows is how I surface my private JavaScript members so I can access them during tests without having to make them public during the run of my protection code.

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Why does JavaScript loop only use last value?

You see variations of the question, “Why does JavaScript loop only use the last value?” on StackOverflow all the time.  At work, the guy that sits next to me just ran into the same issue.  And the answer to the question requires a solid understanding of closures and variable scope.  Something I’ve written about in the past.  But, when I went back and looked at that article, I was surprised that I had not covered this particular very common topic.

So, here is the basic scenario.  You have some sort of for/next loop that then calls some asynchronous function.  When the function runs, what you see when the code runs is that the last value of the loop index is the value that gets used in the function for every instance that it gets called.

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3 Reasons Agile Will Not Succeed

I’ve written about Agile and Scrum before and most of my regular readers know that I am a huge fan.  But recently I am starting to believe the Agile movement is doomed.  In fact, the most common response to my enthusiasm for Agile and Scrum is, “Yeah, we tried that once and it was a complete failure.”  Which seems odd to me because in every instance where I’ve been able to implement it, it has worked beautifully.  So why would I say Agile Will Not Succeed?

The buzz around Agile has become so loud that Agile has moved from strictly a software development thing, to all corners of the business world.  And yet, as much as I believe Agile is the right way to develop software, as a movement, it is doomed for failure.  Why?

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How Not to Choose a Framework

In my job as a JavaScript architect, trainer and mentor, I’m often asked, “What’s your favorite framework?”  Or “What is the best framework?” And it surprises people when I give them two answers to that question.

Right now, of the frameworks I’ve looked at, my favorite framework is React JS.  But if I were picking a corporate framework, at this point I’d probably land on Angular 2.0.

But the question you are probably asking is , “Why two different selections?”  And, I think a more interesting question would be, “How did you select which one to use?”

In fact, when I was thinking about writing this post, I was going to title it “How to Choose a JavaScript Framework” but as I considered what I would actually say, I realized that the factors I would use really apply to any language and any time.

But an even more interesting question is this.  What factors are essential when picking out a framework.  If I ignored these questions, what are the cost?

So, I give you…

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