DaedTech Digest: Codebase Research, Experimenting in Production, and Vortexes
What a week. Last weekend, we packed in a lot of activity, continuing our Phoenix experience.
On Friday night, we saw a Diamondbacks game, which included fireworks, and then explored downtown Phoenix. We then packed up for a day trip to Sedona, Arizona, which is a couple of hours away. Sedona is a town of about 10,000 people or so, and it’s got sort of a charming-ish downtown area. But it’s really a destination because of the landscape.
Sedona is known for its red rock formations, cliffs, mountains, hiking trails, and views. It’s also known for something called “vortexes” that are, apparently, torrents of “spirtual energy” or something like that. I won’t go into this because it’s not really my thing. But if you like the energy of mother Gaia or whatever, it’s probably got something for you. But you don’t need to believe in spiritual vortexes to appreciate the scenery. Here’s what you can see from one of them.
Our whole day was filled with hiking and this sort of scenery. And it was wonderful, especially in contrast to the 4 days that would follow, when I worked 14+ hours each day. But, onward and upward.
- I caught a pretty interesting episode of the Freelancers Show this week. They talk about something called “The Introduction Game,” which I highly recommend if you’re trying to figure out a specialty.
- If you ever need to export a blog post from WordPress, this plugin is pretty simple and it gets the job done.
- I pick Chase Field, if you’re ever in Arizona. It seats something like 50,000 people, which is way too many for the average baseball game. The result is an uncrowded, pretty luxurious baseball experience that’s admittedly not super intimate. But it’s definitely a comfortable and inexpensive way to see a baseball game.
- I wrote a post for Scalyr aimed at Apache beginners. It’s a detailed look at the Apachage access log.
- Here’s one for the Rollout blog. If you’re not experimenting in production, you’re falling behind.
- For the NDepend blog, I continued my codebase research series, looking at about 500 codebases and concluding that unit tests correlate with desirable, clean code characteristics.
- And, for SubMain, here’s another in the Code It.Right Rules Explained series, in which I explain the rationale for 3 more automated code review rules.
Happy Friday, and have a good weekend.