And why beholdest thou the Must that is in thy brother’s eye?

Tim Band wrote “I remember a quote from John Z Delorean, creator of the iconic Delorean car as seen in the Back to the Future movies. With his backers breathing down his neck to produce his ambitious car in just a few months, he asked legendary Lotus designer Colin Chapman whether he could do it. Chapman asked him…”

Does Agile Suck in some Cynefin domains?

Tim Band wrote “Here’s an article from Bertil Muth on freeCodeCamp on why Agile isn’t working at your company. This contains a lot of great, level-headed advice about how to excel at Agile—by which Bertil seems to mean ‘Scrum’. The assumption seems to be that Agile (which equals Scrum) is great for everyone! But is it? Might Agile…”

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Elm: Any good?

Tim Band wrote “I love Haskell. But, like many people who love Haskell, I don’t use it for very much. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the nice properties of Haskell (the compiler checks that your code makes sense before you run it, Quickcheck-style testing, pure functions) but produce production-quality Javascript for client-side web programming? The most tantalising…”

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Proposal: The Borges Programming Language

Tim Band wrote “Cliff L. Biffle’s esoteric programming language HQ9+ is a poke in the eye to programming challenges, but a poke only with a damp rag. As we should be able to do better, I propose the Borges programming language. It is inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ story “Funes The Memorious”, which concerns a man, Funes, who…”

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CodeMesh 2014 day 2

Tim Band wrote “So, I went to day 2 of CodeMesh this year, James having taken day 1. Here’s a brief round-up of what I saw. Chad Fowler – Keynote “Tiny” An entertaining talk, talking about how the concept of “seven plus or minus two” applies in all sorts of categories of things (although Chad definitely leans towards…”

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Requiem for the Command pattern

Tim Band wrote “Is there anything sadder than the Command pattern? The exemplar of the once-proud Patterns movement, the one that everyone understands and can see the power of, the one that has an instant applicability to many applications: the undo system. I remember a time when undo seemed a luxury to be implemented only by the most hardened of programmers; then the command pattern made it achievable by any decent coder. Now, the Command pattern is just that extra cruft you have to write when your language doesn't have good support for closures.”

Two Magnolias, one container

Tim Band wrote “We are using Magnolia in a number of projects here at LShift. I have been feeling that Magnolia has a simple way to do most things, but often there are a number of other plausible alternatives that gradually lead you into wasting enormous amounts of time. Here I want to present a simple way to…”