This article summarizes my experience as a writer during the pandemic year 2021
Below you will find many resources and tools, and my method and tips for writing a lot.
I have a degree in computer science. 👨🏽🔬
I use the scientific method and Occam's razor.
I have researched for 30 years both in the academic and industrial fields.
I don't have the absolute truth.
I try to support my opinions with evidence. 🔍
They are my opinions and are very subject to change.
I Have a (very) long list of draft articles.
I often skip the waiting queue and write about some inspirational source (and cite it).
I use a different template in all my series.
For example, I have an empty Code Smell template.
I write Everywhere 🗺️
I proofread all my articles with HemingwayApp, Grammarly, and Google Translate (all free) 🔡
I parse the markdown in my articles and convert them to HTML to republish on many platforms at once.
I heavily use the canonical URL tag to avoid search penalties. 🔎
I Follow very interesting people on Twitter and blogging platforms. ✨
I take a new course every week, usually on a subject that is far away from my comfort zone.
I add many references and quotes to my articles.
I read a lot of articles early in the morning and bookmark them during the day. 🌅
I use Trello, Inoreader, Pocket, and Obsidian.
I Use The Pomodoro technique to focus when writing. 🍅
I avoid perfection. I publish them when they are ready.
Then I make corrections with other people's comments. Even after months.
I Garden my articles.
I have different opinions than many other developers.
Software Design is a creative activity.
My articles are suggestions and not rigid rules.
I try to have smart discussions.
I have zero tolerance for hate speech and unprofessional comments.
I never feed the troll.
- I get the same comments over and over again, so these are the common critics I get and my opinions.
If you need to see long methods/scripts to understand your solution, that's fine.
I prefer to have small/reusable/testable functions.
I try to add code samples for clarity.
Most of the code snippets work.
Some of them are pseudo-code for educational purposes. 👨🏫
I have used 25+ different languages in my articles.
I am not an expert in ANY of these languages.
Languages are accidental, Software design is essential.
Most of the articles are language independent.
The solutions try to avoid language perks and cleverness.
I write about backend business software. 🖥️
This is the domain I've been working on.
I am aware that some tasks require more performant solutions (for example DApps).
I will always choose long descriptive names over smart performance optimizations.
First, make the code right. ✔️
Then, optimize it only if you have strong evidence.
Complexity is not enough evidence.
You need a real benchmark in real use case scenarios. 📈
If I need to sort 20 elements in a collection, I will always choose bubble sort because it is easier to read.
Premature optimization is the root of all evil. 😈
Helpers, DTOs, Singletons, Nulls, Setters, Metaprogramming, Castings, Comments are standard. 🙈
I write a lot on these anti-patterns with the reasons why I think we should avoid them.
You can keep thinking they are good and that's fine.
My arguments against them are in all articles.
I reply polite comments about them.
IMHO, a 6 lines method is too long
You can always break them using refactorings. 🛠️
You don't need to see the big picture and the details at the same time. 🌳
Trust your implementation and write good tests.
Coupling is our worst enemy. 🙅
We need to avoid direct relationships.
There is just one rule.
Always follow the bijection 🔀