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TypeScript - How To Set Up A New Project

Summary For beginners TypeScript is like the carrot on the end of the stick, always just out of reach no matter how hard you try. Everyone touts how it’s “JavaScript that scales”, and once you use it you’ll never go back. Read more...

Software Design - Marker Interfaces

What Are They? A marker interface is an empty interface (no methods or properties) that is used to identify classes that implement it belong to a special group. Some might argue that this is a code smell, but in certain situations they can be the best solution for constraining types. Read more...

Software Design - Magic Numbers

What Are They? Magic numbers are numbers in code that appear to be arbitrary, but actually serve a purpose. They are commonly described as an anti-pattern as they diminish code quality, and are “referred to as breaking one of the oldest rules of programming, dating back to the COBOL, FORTRAN and PL/1 manuals of the 1960s”. Read more...

XJ Build - 10/26/18
XJ Build

Finishing Up With winter approaching fast, and my Civic only having summer tires I needed to hurry up and finish the Cherokee. The Civic was also suffering from a stuck open thermostat that ensured the engine temperature never reached operating temp, and my heat was always cold. Read more...

XJ Build - 10/21/18
XJ Build

Patching Holes This post is a continuation of the mini series about restoring my old XJ cherokee. In the previous post I talked about cutting out and welding in a new rocker panel. Read more...

Software Design - Dependency Injection and Inversion

What are they? While it may seem like nothing more than buzz words, dependency injection is a well known principle. In fact, you’ve likely used it yourself in the past and just didn’t know the technique had a name. Read more...

Software Design - Unit Tests vs Integration Tests

Preface Unit tests and integration tests are designed to serve two different purposes. They are not meant to substitute each other, and each type has a specific focus. However, developers tend to struggle to determine the border that seperates unit tests and integration tests as there is no set hard limit on either one. Read more...

No Mans Blocks - 10/13/2018

Where I’ve Been, and Where I’m Heading I took somewhat of an unplanned hiatus from working on No Mans Blocks. Initially, I took a break because I wanted to pursue writing a server for a Reddit clone. Read more...

Software Design - Validator Pattern

Validating Objects Based on Context It’s quite typical for a Domain Driven Design (DDD) project to need validation for it’s domain models. While it may be sufficient to solve this by adding an IsValid() method to each model, this can cause confusion for the developer by cluttering the model class, and/or by requiring the IsValid() method to be generalized that it covers a large range of validation rules for any situation that may arise. Read more...

XJ Build - 10/8/18
XJ Build

Passenger side rocker replacement This post is the second part in my mini-series of restoring my old xj cherokee. If your interested, check out my attempt at saving the rusty roof. Read more...