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Alex Turner
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Law of Demeter, and something stricter. How about writing mapping methods that are pure? How can we tell that a mapping method is actually pure?

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FunctionInterface, checked exceptions and wrapping them up neatly, if that's the sort of thing you like.

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Now that's some gypsy violin happening! Getting quite inspired!

So tired of two factor auth not working well.  Mac mail works for two days before giving me an invalid password error, and system preferences just plain freaks out now.  Le sigh.  @Google can you please fix 2fa for mac users so it doesn't suck?

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What a great shot!
Burning Man – Black Rock City » #center_camp
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It just occurred to me today that in my most recent deployment, a brand new cloud service, we have encountered precisely zero bugs.  It's been running for a couple of weeks already.  We had a slight glitch with the BoneCP library, but it turns out it's a known issue so we had to code a small workaround that was causing disconnects maybe three times a day to throw exceptions.  Zaro Boogs.  Nil, nada, none.  Thank you Play/Scala for allowing us to write awesome code that doesn't break.  Like ever.

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I wrote a blog post to talk about a couple of what I feel are very common dialogues: why can't Joe Bloggs be a programmer, and what is programming anyway?

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http://alarmingdevelopment.org/?p=865

Just no.  I'm writing a blog post.

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http://the-pastry-box-project.net/ed-finkler/2014-july-6

Saw a link to this on Slashdot, and I think it expresses sentiments a lot of 30 something and 40 something developers feel.  I think there's an element that much of the "new hotness" isn't really very innovative or new, and is just the same old dishes rewarmed, so it's just not worth the time.  Does it actually help me accomplish something, or teach me some lesson worth having?  Is it a step toward better mastery, or is it just change for the sake of it.  Variety for the sake of variety I think is one the greatest human trappings, and it's particularly virulent in the US.  I look at a framework like EmberJS and lament that it's making many of the same mistakes made in EJB 2.1.  Why on earth would I learn it when I know it's ultimately doomed to collapse?

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Slight issue with Global Settings in the Play Framework combined with Subcut.
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