Help, often accepted, sometimes rejected, always okay

Help (verb) make it easier or possible for (someone) to do something by offering them one’s services or resources

Today we will talk about help, more precisely helping people who refuse help. However, before I delve any further, you should have a quick read at the Agile Manifesto.

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

As I go through the (true) stories I am about to tell, it will be up to you to figure which principles tie in the way I tackle today’s topic. That way we both put the work in one of my posts. I’ll do the same for yours if requested. The stories will be told in chronological order so you may even notice changes in reactions from on end. Talking about ends…

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Refactoring: break your code fast, fix it faster

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About a year ago, I wrote a really short post about failing fast not meaning that we should not think first. Now that I think about it, I don’t believe I was fully in the right. The saying about failing fast was never about not thinking too long. It seems to be about experimenting with what you have in mind. We all have great ideas 24/7, cool software designs, new paradigms to try and so on. The point is to try to make things work in your first try, and the next one and so on. Which makes me think about refactoring.

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My first coding kata, maybe yours too

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I have been reading a lot over the the few months. Mostly books revolving around programming principles and patterns as I figured they would help improve myself. Most recently I read “The clean coder” from Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin. It is basically a compilation of his life experiences and lessons he learned from them. And there is a lot of things to take away from that book. It is a very hard book to put down once started but you should be the judge of that.

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Domain name migration without losing SEO

How did that even come up?

I originally started writing another post last week but in the meantime I did a domain name migration. What is a domain name migration you will ask? It is the act of migrating content from a domain to another domain. Not host, domain. If this was about host migration there would be no need for a post as the changes would be straightforward. People may give you a different or more precise description but it is basically what I did. And also what it sounds like. I like to name things so that when they are described or revealed they turn out to be pretty much what you expect. It’s like coding. If I have a piece of code with a method boolean validatePassword(string username, string password) when looking at the code you pretty much expect to see some user retrieval and maybe encoded password validation. You definitely do not expect a session to be started or anything funny like that. Enough with this, let’s get back onto today’s topic. Domain name migration.

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