Every now and then, I encounter some complex legacy code that has been moved around and changed so much, git blame doesn’t help in finding the original commit. Git bisect is the solution here. Why the Original Commit Can Help Sometimes, I read code and (after a while) it becomes clear what it does. But I’m often left wondering why the code is there, what the context was. It allows me to read the commit message and maybe several commits

While working on a legacy application for a client, I wanted to get some code coverage for my tests. In Python, this usually means running Coverage.py and pointing it to your unit tests. This being a legacy application, there were no unit tests. There were Postman tests however. This is a simple technique that is useful when working with legacy applications. The idea is simple: we run our application using Coverage.py. The application is a Django application and so it

Warning: slightly cheeky post, I have the highest respect for the people behind node-gyp. They’re way smarter than me. If you’ve been working with Node for a while, surely you’ve encountered issues with node-gyp. Searching for the solution can be a frustrating experience. Things get very technical and all kinds of solutions are offered. This is what always works for me. What is node-gyp? I won’t get into the details, because I’m not really bothered with understanding it. I just

AWS CloudWatch allows you to raise alarms when certain values are above or below a given threshold. But what if you want the alarm only when it is between certain thresholds? That’s where metric math comes in. A Simple Alarm In CloudFormation, you can define an alarm quite easily: This will raise an alarm when the amount of requests per minute to the given API goes over (or is equal to) 5000. What if you want this alarm, but a

Here’s a small tip that people don’t often do enough, in my opinion. When developers create some class, variable, or other piece of code that warrants some explanation, many of them add a comment: This is fine if it helps other developers understand what is going on. But it requires them to navigate to the actual file to read the info. One step better is to make these kind of comments available to the autocomplete/Intellisense feature of your IDe/editor: Now

I don’t write about politics on this blog, even though I’m very interested in politics and society. But the death of George Floyd and the ongoing protests make me feel that I should make an exception. Speaking out is the minimum I can do, the minimum I should do. Keep in mind that I’m writing this as privileged person living in Belgium. If you feel any of this is wrong, I’m open for (civilized) discussion. On Police Violence in the

Here’s an overview of all the ways I’ve found to iterate an enum in TypeScript. I was particularly looking for how to iterate over the value of an enum, but still have the strongly typed value, instead of the underlying (string) value. But I decided to make this post about all possible ways I know of. Default Take this enum: Now add this code to log the values: Note: I’m using a separate log function to show what type the

There’s a Catch-22 hidden in the arguments that many people use to rationalize not writing tests. The Catch A Catch-22 is a situation that you can’t escape out of due to contradictory rules or limitations. In case of automated tests for software, the arguments often go like this. At the start of the project, both developers and managers say that the project is too young and changing all the time. There’s also market pressure to get something minimal out there

I recently had a call with Carlos Schults who will be giving an ASPE course on Git and GitHub I developed. We discussed how talking for an entire working day can be stressful on your voice. I recently experienced the same while recording a LinkedIn Learning course (more on that later). Luckily, my wife is a speech therapist and could provide me with some tips. Disclaimer Everyone usually skips the disclaimer, but this one is important. Not only am I