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Steven Lott
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Attended Syracuse University
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Database Schema Migration
Some thoughts:  http://workingwithdevs.com/delivering-databases-migrations-vs-state/ This covers a lot of ground on the Declarative vs. Procedural question. It explains a lot of the considerations that lead to choosing a procedural schema evolution vs. a de...
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What was I thinking?
Check out this idiocy:  https://github.com/slott56/py-false What is the point? Seriously. What. The. Actual. Heck? I think of it this way. Languages are a cool thing. Especially programming languages where there's an absolute test -- the Turing machine -- f...
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Programming language correlates with salary?
https://www.bignerdranch.com/blog/which-programming-language-will-earn-you-the-highest-salary/ Okay. I like that. I wonder what the r 2 value is.
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Obscure Standards, Packaged Products, Latent Bugs
Read this:  http://jeffq.com/blog/the-ethernet-pause-frame/ Fascinating. A world of interconnected devices in which we place a kind of implicit trust. There's little visibility for ordinary consumers. It takes a skilled specialist to determine that there ar...
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Twelve Important Design Patterns
Read this:  http://12factor.net/ Then. After reading it. Read it again to be sure you've got it. It's dense with best practices. Now that you've read it, make yourself a Quality Engineering checklist. I. Codebase: One codebase tracked in revision control, m...
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Lamenting the Death of Object-Oriented Programming. (Sigh) Again?
See Goodbye, Object Oriented Programming . I don't want to say that the entire article is bunk. It's not. It raises a few good points. Points which I thought were pretty well known. What's aggravating is that this lamentation is overly broad.  It treats all...
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Bad Trends and Sloppy Velocity
Read this:  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/story-points-evil-brad-black-in-the-market- There are good quotes from Ron Jeffries on the worthlessness of story points. (I've heard this from other Agile Consultants, also.) Story Points are a political hack to m...
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On One Aspect of Design Patterns -- Flexibility
Something I forget to think about is the degree of detail or granularity of design patterns.  I have my own viewpoint and I often assume that others share it. Here's a quote from an email describing the PLoP (Pattern Languages of Programs) patterns as quite...
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Database Schema Migration
Some thoughts:  http://workingwithdevs.com/delivering-databases-migrations-vs-state/ This covers a lot of ground on the Declarative vs. Procedural question. It explains a lot of the considerations that lead to choosing a procedural schema evolution vs. a de...
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On Generator Functions, Yield and Return
Here's the question, lightly edited to remove the garbage. (Sometimes I'm charitable and call it "rambling". Today, I'm not feeling charitable about the garbage writing style filled with strange assumptions instead of questions.) someone asked if you could ...
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That Feeling When... You're reading your own documentation because it's useful and (mostly) correct
I'm looking at code (as a man does) and I can't remember if there's a class that does X. There's a lot of code. I wrote almost all of it. And -- maybe it's the gin -- but I just can't recall if there's an X. It seems like there should be. Scan. Scan. Scroll...
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Software Architect
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Python, Java
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  • Capital One
    Developer, 2014 - present
    Developer. Disruptor. Dreamer.
  • Astyra
    Software Developer, 2014 - 2014
  • Self
    Author, 2013 - 2014
  • CTG
    Software Architect, 1978 - 2013
    Almost 35 years of development experience.
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It may be a hack, but it works.
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Steven F. Lott is a consultant, teacher, author and software developer with over 35 years of experience building software of every kind, from specialized control systems for military hardware to large data warehouses to web service API's.



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TechNomad: traveller, itinerant, vagabond.
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  • Syracuse University
Bigger on the inside that it appears from the outside. Seems like a really good dental practice, even if it is down in the basement.
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