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I Underestimated The Importance of Tooling

Over the last year I experimented with different IDEs. One of my tasks at work is maintaining a react application, which tempted me to use VS Code for developing it - writing Typescript in an IDE written in JavaScript felt like a good fit.

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Zeal and Dash for Reading Developer Documentation

There is that workflow where a developer 1) encounters a problem, 2) googles the problem and 3) opens links until they find something they can copy-paste to solve the problem. I'm not the first one to discuss this. The pattern has been identified in the past, and it has been named The Stack Overflow Antipattern. Knowing how to use a search-engine to solve a problem is an essential skill for any knowledge worker in 2022. And despite its name, the Stack Overflow Antipattern is quite powerful.

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Languages, Fast and Slow

Some months ago I gave a talk at Beuth University of Applied Sciences about the application of JavaScript as a fullstack language. I built a with an express backend and a react frontend and gave a demonstration. It was not long before people started asking questions about CORS, global state and lifting state up.

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Easy Concurrency in Python

Bad news first. Python is a poor choice for concurrent programming. A principal reason for this is the 'Global Interpreter Lock' or GIL. The GIL ensures that only one thread accesses Python objects at a time, effectively preventing Python from being able to distribute threads onto several CPUs by default.

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