DaedTech Digest: Muscle Cars, Dark Launches and Logging Basics
Welcome to yet another edition of DaedTech Digest Friday. I bring this edition to you from a hotel in Detroit instead of an ocean-front condo in San Diego because, as it turns out, I’m insane.
Actually, I’m just doing a quick consultation and codebase assessment for the week. And coming to Detroit to do that may or may not make me insane.
If you were a reader of this blog last spring and summer, you might remember that I’d left this lifestyle. Instead of spending 5+ nights per week in hotels and doing high-touch management consulting, I built location independent businesses. Well, that’s still true, but the consultative end of that does involve occasional and focused travel.
So here I am, having flown for the first time in 9 months (wow), dusting off the traveling lifestyle. The Marriott I’m staying in has a revamped bathroom with in-shower shampoo dispenses. But besides that, same old stuff.
- Going with the travel theme, I’m going to offer a dual pick of Hertz and the Dodge Charger. Apparently, I still have pretty good status with Hertz because I reserved the cheapest rate for the week and they pointed me out at a group of cars in the “President’s Circle” and said, “go nuts, buddy.” So I picked out a V8 Dodge Challenger. Not only is it fast and muscle-car-y, but it handles really well in the snow.
- Someone I’m working with this week showed me this awesome thing: “ag, the silver searcher.” It’s like issuing a recursive grep with a regex from the Bash command line, but without the need for any flags, and it’s an order of magnitude faster. You won’t be sorry.
- And, finally, a former Google engineer named Michael Lynch posted this, explaining why he quit. It’s a pretty eye-opening read about how even supposed destination employers have their own Dilbert-esque piles of bureaucratic facepalm.
- For the Rollout blog, I wrote a post about why people in IT leadership positions should love the concept of the dark launch.
- NDepend offers support for code coverage data and it integrates that data into its analysis, metrics, and reporting. But it doesn’t record that data, per se. So I wrote a post for NDepend about options you have for code coverage.
- For Scalyr, I wrote the inaugural post in a series that we’re doing there about getting started quickly with logging in various languages. This one was about getting started with logging in C#.
- I wrote a post for Gurock about what regression testing is and how it helps you.
- And, finally, another one for Scalyr about the nitty-gritty and basics of log levels.
Have a good weekend, and thanks for reading.