I can’t think of a safer place to explore complex emotions for the first time than inside the pages of a book, while sitting in the lap of a loved one.
David Remnick: A Scandal at the Bolshoi Ballet. Looooooooong.
JUnit’s evolving structure. Edmund Kirwan traces JUnit’s increasing code interdependencies. From early simplicity:
To increasing tangles:
I am thinking a lot about code architecture right now and trying to learn best practices for building structures that can scale over time. This is a huge topic that a lot of smart people have strong feelings about– when I read about it I often come upon vast areas I didn’t even know existed and it is easy to suddenly feel small and anxious, like people will judge me for not knowing how to do all of it. So I am appreciating this critique as much for the critical analysis as for the obvious love and admiration the writer has for the JUnit developers. I don’t know enough yet to evaluate the actual critiques, even!
Programmers should be forced to wear their systems’ package-structures on their tee-shirts.
Practice radial encapsulation.
JUnit is a masterpiece.
Composable Features. I always count it as a good sign when a discussion of computer programming ends up being a discussion about feelings and relationships. Always a factor.
Why Would You Be Uncomfortable with This
Agile in general is not comfortable, and working in this way builds on that. This discomfort shows itself as
- the need to plan what will happen, rather than reacting to what is happening.
- the need to specify how things will be done, rather than provide feedback on how things are being done
- the need to micro manage rather than delegate responsibility
- the inability to trust
falling apart: a strategy in self care and activism, via Joanne.
my work being one of witnessing the hard feelings unfold, of creating a space of honest conversation where anyone of any gender can fall apart around me and i will listen, i will love, i will honor your survival and remind you that it is okay to let it out that you cannot hold all that pain inside.
as a masculine person of color i take this role seriously. often this role falls on the backs of women, of femmes and that is playing into patriarchy.