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The moths of programming are ideas in the software engineering industry that have become pervasive due to virality rather than reality.

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The moths of programming are ideas in the software engineering industry that have become pervasive due to virality rather than reality.

    The Moths of Programming 10 - Strict Typing

    The Moths of Programming 10 - Strict Typing

    The moths of programming are ideas in the software engineering industry that have become pervasive due to virality rather than reality. Although they may have some truth to them, they are often inaccurate, misleading, distracting or even damaging. I call them moths because they flutter around in a programmer's mind, getting in the way of truly good practice.

    This chapter covers the topic of strict typing. Is the almost religious adherence to the ideas of strict typing actually justified? What is the origin of this? And is it really as strict as we think it is?
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    • 48 min
    The Moths of Programming 9 - Integrated Development Environments

    The Moths of Programming 9 - Integrated Development Environments

    The moths of programming are ideas in the software engineering industry that have become pervasive due to virality rather than reality. Although they may have some truth to them, they are often inaccurate, misleading, distracting or even damaging. I call them moths because they flutter around in a programmer's mind, getting in the way of truly good practice.

    This chapter covers the topic of integrated development environments. What is the real reason for them? Do they actually help? Are they just a distraction? Asked Clippy for comment, but it declined to respond. I suspect we now know where it retired to.


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    • 57 min
    The Moths of Programming 8 -Scripting Languages

    The Moths of Programming 8 -Scripting Languages

    The Moths of Programming With Dino Dini
    Chapter 8 - Scripting Languages

    The moths of programming are ideas in the software engineering industry that have become pervasive due to virality rather than reality. Although they may have some truth to them, they are often inaccurate, misleading, distracting or even damaging. I call them moths because they flutter around in a programmer's mind, getting in the way of truly good practice.

    This chapter covers the topic of scripting languages. What is the real reason for them? Do they reduce reliance on software engineers? Do they actually help? And just now many times do we need to nest a virtual machine inside a virtual machine anyway?



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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Moths of Programming 7 - Object Orientated Programming

    The Moths of Programming 7 - Object Orientated Programming

    In this double length episode, Dino objectively explores Object Orientated Programming, which he views as one of the biggest, if not the biggest, mistakes of software engineering.

    OOP considered harmful?


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    • 1 hr 41 min
    The Moths of Programming 6 - Never, Ever, Ever Use Macros

    The Moths of Programming 6 - Never, Ever, Ever Use Macros

    Macros have a bad reputation and often derided. As a result, their value and importance in solving real world programming problems is often overlooked, especially by the creators of new languages. Yet it turns out that despite the desperate (and often over complicated) efforts to consign them to history, they still have their place in C and C++ programming, and can be sorely missed in languages such as C# or Java. 


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    • 52 min
    The Moths of Programming 5 - Compilers Optimise Code Better Than Humans

    The Moths of Programming 5 - Compilers Optimise Code Better Than Humans

    In any social media facilitated discussion about programming the topic of code optimisation with often arise. Anyone who has expertise in low level optimisation are likely to face a choice: being silent or enduring endless accusations of irrelevance and hubris. Most choose the former approach as a more efficient and effective path to take, even if they earn a living developing and maintaining optimising code generators. 

    The idea that Compilers Optimise Code Better Than Humans is, I argue, another Moth of Programming:  an idea that has become popular in software engineering due to virality instead of reality.

     



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    • 44 min

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It’s great to hear from one of the true masters! Keep it up Dino!

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