Hello, my name is Ridiculous

One day you find yourself setting up a new greenfield project. Your team needs a service that connects to an upstream account management system to get the active subscription status of a user. Since it only changes daily, to reduce load, the subscription status will be cached in this service. You now are faced with your first decision. Do you name this customer-subscription-cache? Or do you name it yard-lobster?

Developing Cross Browser Extensions

One of the first features requested for Shadowmute was a browser extension to simplify the workflow of generating mailboxes. It was also clear very early on that the usage between Chrome and Firefox users was split fairly equally. The documentation for Firefox and Chrome extension development is extremely well written and detailed, so I’m not going to delve too deep into that. What I would like to write about is how to develop for both at the same time.

There be dragons

If you have a kitchen, and that kitchen has drawers, there is a roughly 100% chance you have a junk drawer. You know the one, where you store old phone cables, ribbons, safety pins, expired coupons, and a broken red crayon. The software equivalents of these junk drawers take many forms, commonly named Helper, Utils or the worst offender of all.. the TestBase. Join me as we take our new found love of dependency injection, and actually put it to good use.

On returning from outer space

Over the years of my illustrious career, I’ve left several codebases a tattered wreckage. Not intentionally, mind you. Exuberance, eagerness, and a desire to learn new techniques on a slow day all contributed. Half finished implementations of different development techniques littered the landscape. The road to production is paved with good intentions, and a deadline. The code itself worked, shipped, improved but weird vestigial bits floated around. As someone who has fixed as many problems as they have created, you too can larn from my mistaks.

Dependency Injection & the code of tomorrow!

This goes out to all the professional software developers out there working with time constraints just trying to get their job done. Dependency injection (DI) is one of those kinds of concepts that fall through the cracks and becomes assumed knowledge at some point. At a high level it means anything your classes depend on are passed in (usually via a constructor) and it helps make more testable code. Does that make sense? No. not even a little bit. That explanation is terrible.

TODOs and Don’ts

Comments are a source of contention with many developers. I don’t think that is a shocking or contrarian viewpoint. Generally people have opinions that fall into one of three camps.

PlayFramework.apply(6) = “CSRF Prevention”

In the last post, we added a user interface with React and CoffeeScript to have something other than raw API endpoints to interact with. In this post we will take a look Cross-Site Request Forgery and how it can be mitigated before it becomes a problem.

PlayFramework.apply(5) = “Writing a React UI in CoffeeScript”

In the last post, we added another API method to query ticket blocks by respective events while extracting the availability of the tickets in the block. In this post we will take a step back from the back end and give our user interface an overhaul using CoffeeScript-driven React components, replacing our current reliance on server side templates.