Paper Critique: A Longitudinal Cohort Study on the Retainment of Test-Driven Development

D. Fucci, S. Romano, M. T. Baldassarre, D. Caivano, G. Scanniello, B. Thuran, and N. Juristo. A Longitudinal Cohort Study on the Retainment of Test-Driven Development. arXiv e-prints, page arXiv:1807.02971, Jul 2018. I won’t pretend that I think this is an example of good research. However, it is an example of a research paper that […]

Paper Critique: Towards a Theory of Software Development Expertise

Towards a Theory of Software Development Expertise Sebastian Baltes and Stephan Diehl.Proceedings of the 26th ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE 2018). I remember when I was just starting out as a software developer. I had moments of complete certainty about my utter expertise in the […]

Paper Critique: On the diffuseness and the impact on maintainability of code smells

Palomba, F., Bavota, G., Penta, M. et al. Empir Software Eng (2018) 23: 1188. Suppose you are working on some chunk of code. You notice that the logic is a bit convoluted, some of the class fields are public, there seem to be more methods on the class than make sense for the concept, […]

Reading Notes from “Johnny Bunko: the last career guide you’ll ever need”

There is no plan The world is too unpredictable to be able to plan out in advance your career or your life. You can make choices for instrumental reasons: the choice is based on the perceived utility for something else down the road. The object of choice is seen as an instrument of a plan. […]