Irrational Exuberance!

Notes on The Timeless Way of Building

November 24, 2018 Some months ago, a friend recommend Christopher Alexander's A Pattern Language. I hadn't heard of it before, and as I started poking around I realized that this was the second of a series of three books, and recommendations generally pointed me to start instead with The Timeless Way of Building.

Notes on A Philosophy of Software Design.

September 3, 2018 Jumping on the recent trend, I picked up a copy of A Philosophy of Software Design based on Cindy's recommendation. It's a fairly concise read at 160 pages, and I skimmed through it over the last few days, writing up some notes along the way.

You can't reason about big balls of mud.

May 23, 2018 Big balls of mud appear to have properties, but they don't. Throw it all away? It's not so dire. You can extend large property-less systems. It's a matter of switching from abstract to empirical reasoning.

From lambda to kappa and dataflow paradigms.

November 22, 2017 A look at the evolution of data infrastructure over the past four or five years, from the lambda architecture to the kappa architecture and beam paradigm.

Providing pierceable abstractions.

May 7, 2017 We often try to force all usecases onto a single internal platform, and I think doing this causes our platforms to age poorly and with an excess of accidental complexity. This post suggests some alternatives