How to get quality into your software

As a software developer, the bane of my life is bugs, I hate them, I feel so stressed by them. Every time I see a bug in my work before someone else does I have to stop myself from wanting to hide it completely. It’s so natural to want to hide or avoid the problem, but we as developers need to tackle it head on.

Code Reviews

Quality needs to start in code reviews, anything you change in your team starts with code reviews. It’s where you educate everyone on your team on what each part of the software does and where you communicate the standards that need to be followed.

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How wifi authentication should work

Why is it that connecting to a WIFI involves sharing a key to aid synchronous encryption, often printed on a piece of paper which is put on display in public view?

What are the threat models when it comes with wireless networking and how does this solution rate when we look at the dangers associated with communication?

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Serverless on AWS

I’ve been building a completely serverless application in AWS over the past while and I thought I’d share some of the things I learned.

This is going to be written from the perspective of a for-profit business

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Exploring Docker

A friend of mine put me onto docker a few weeks ago and since then I’ve become rather obsessed with all things docker. I’ve gone from tinkering around with containers to recommending my company look into a strategy that will fully containerize our asp.net application.

Let me wind back a bit and explain why.

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Challenging Global Health

Public health is a barrier to economic growth, so it is an essential part of a successful strategy for a nation. When we look internationally we can all see the disparity between how capable different nations are at handling this global challenge. It’s something worth thinking about.

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Time Management with KanbanFlow

I had been trying to find a solution to the problem of how can I feel productive if I don’t know where I’ve spent my time? I would get to the end of a day and wonder, what did it amount to?

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Getting Chocolatey to work on Windows 10

Windows 10 was released today and the first thing I did when I got it installed it try to get chocolatey working. Wasn’t as easy as I’d hoped but it still integrates really nicely with Window’s new packaging system.

OneGet is the new package manager for Windows 10. It’s similar to apt-get, it treats Chocolatey is sort of a repo but also a plugin.

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How to find information on candidates in Ireland

So yesterday I talked about how hard it is to get the information on candidates running for election you need to make an informed vote. In this post I’d like to describe some of the current methods you can use to get information on which candidates are running and if they have been previously elected, what they have done when in power.

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It's harder than it should be to make an informed vote

This is the first election I’ve actually spent time researching the individual candidates before voting, there are 17 candidates so as you can imagine it took quite a long time, and even though I spent Friday Evening, most of Saturday and Sunday evening on it, I still made some mistakes which I found out once I sent and email to every candidate informing them that I had written and published the blog.

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Potential future councillors of Pembroke South Dock

So if you are looking at this post you are probably wondering the same thing I was, who should I vote for in the upcoming election. We really should have started looking into this earlier, maybe next time. It’s actually a lot of work to research each of these candidates and I really can’t find an easy way of finding out information about them so I’m probably going to prioritise candidates that give out the most information on the internet.

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Trans and Proud

It can be extremely difficult to be proud of being a transgender person. People have been telling me for a long time that transgender people are freaks, that we are delusional and that we shouldn’t be accepted because it might encourage others to do the same.

When you receive a lot of messages like that you can internalise them and almost believe them about yourself, and even if you don’t believe them, you might believe that the people around you believe them and sometimes, you’re right.

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Useless Eaters

I think the new self service machines in Tesco are great, they are quick, I’m not embarrassed about giving them a pile of random change or paying for whatever the random change at the bottom of my bag doesn’t cover with my credit card and I think it’s rather cool that a human doesn’t need to do that anymore, I doubt it’s a fun job.

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We're biological robots

The brain is where decisions are made, everything that makes up you is contained within it. Alterations to the brain such as damage to cells or changing the amount of chemicals can alter how you make decisions.

This video shows some practical experiments that show that you can alter how someone judges the actions of another.

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Open letter to RTE regarding transphobia in “The Center”

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Dear RTE,

As a person who was born and raised in Ireland, I’ve been watching your shows since I was a child. We all had to be really quiet when our parents put on the RTE news, when you told us what was happening in Ireland and internationally. You informed our world view and we really trusted in you. Things have changed a lot since then, I’m no longer a child and I had to go through something really difficult, something I didn’t want and my parents really didn’t want. I had to transition. We didn’t want this because we had been informed, not just by you, but by countless other forms of media that transwomen were ugly freaks. To us, a transwoman was like Frankenstein’s monster, hated by everyone no matter who she was inside.

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