* Posts by AndyJF

11 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Jun 2020

DevOps still 'rarely done well at scale' concludes report after a decade of research


Re: I dunno, I'm going out on a limb here

I often ask myself if developer productivity has improved. I'm not sure it has. Everyone is now obsessed with using containers everywhere. In the past I was waiting for my code to build and deploy to a web server. Now I'm waiting for code builds, plus Docker image rebuilds.

Fujitsu wins £9m contract hike for Oracle HR system running nearly 3 years late at Northern Ireland Education Authority


Re: So many project failures are being rewarded

Did they learn nothing from the Horizon disaster?

Not an off-by-one error: Java 16 brings 17 enhancements to Oracle's JDK. We chat to Big Red about what's new


Re: Almost all uninteresting...

Totally agree there re: streams. They have their place, but sometimes people get obsessed with using them.

I once had a technical interview, where a piece of code I'd written used an enhanced for loop and it worked perfectly. However the interviewer was hell bent on using Java 8 features and asked me to convert the code segment to use a streams approach. Ok so I made it use a foreach loop. The resulting code was harder to read (IMO), and had to be hacked around to make it work.

Just because the language provides these features, doesn't mean you *have* to use them.

And yes, functional programming is the current fashion, so chaining stream methods together on one line is the popular style. Does it make code more, or less readable. And how do you debug that when it doesn't pop out the correct results?


Re: Almost all uninteresting...

I notice they added 'Records' in the latest raft of features. For when you just can't be arsed to type a class. Java is now chock full of these keystroke saving features. Aside from the fact that most half decent IDEs will literally write code for you, it's almost as if they are striving for the language to be much slimmer. But unfortunately they have too much baggage.

<I'm off to write some Go code..>

Honda sends first consumer Level 3 autonomous car into showrooms, but only to 100 lucky Japanese leasers


Honda suggests human drivers could "watch television/DVD on the navigation screen"

Call me cautious, but would you trust software to safely steer you through fast moving or heavy traffic. I'm keeping my eyes on the road thanks.

Whistleblowers: Inflexible prison software says inmates due for release should be kept locked up behind bars


Re: I'll gladly write buggy software for half that rate

Let's face it, the devs won't be getting paid that rate.


Re: inflexible prison software

You're certainly not being obtuse.

VS Code acknowledges its elders: Makefile projects get an official extension – and VIM mode is on the backlog


Re: Makefiles - Luxury!

"Type"?! You had a keyboard? Luxury. We had to toggle the O/S in on the front panel.

Microsoft issues emergency fix for Wi-Fi foul-up delivered hot and fresh on Patch Tuesday


I've found Ubuntu to be pretty rock solid, in my experience anyway.

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux


Re: I wonder why?

"[*] - I'm one of those developers who actually enjoys working on the 'boring' stuff. It's a dirty job, but

someone's gotta do it ..."

That's job security, right there ;)

Microsoft's own operating system should finally start working on its own hardware ... 'in the coming weeks'


Re: Sums up Microsoft's quality control

I tend to agree, but I grudgingly give them Kudos for VS Code. Although the success of it is probably down to the vast number of useful plugins.