Posts by dan
The United States Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms as a last resort insurance policy against the government turning tyrannical and taking away their liberty. Guns are too effective, the argument goes, to be the preserve of government; the executive branch should not have a monopoly on their use. I have often questioned […]
QueryTree is a web based drag and drop tool for doing simple data analysis. Users drag and connect tools in a chain to first load in data, then manipulate that data (filter, group, sort etc.) and then visualise that data on a chart or map. I started building QueryTree by myself in between freelance projects […]
If you have a spreadsheet with multiple sheets/tabs containing similar tables of data; and you want to export the whole lot to a single CSV, then this VBA macro should help: Sub ExportAllSheetsToSingleCSV() ‘The file to write to outputFile = “C:\Users\dan\output.csv” f = FreeFile() Dim headerLine As String Open outputFile For Output As f For […]
When parsing a blob on Google App Engine using the Python CSV library, the simplest approach is to pass the BlobReader straight into the CSV reader. However, unlike when with opening a normal file, there is no option to handle universal newline characters. In order to handle all the different kinds of newline characters, the […]
Lets say you run a medium sized business. You employ 1000 people and have 5000 customers. Heard about “BigData”? Think you should probably be doing some of that too? Well, don’t start building that Hardoop cluster just yet, because you probably don’t need it… To illustrate, let’s imagine all 1000 of your employees spend 40 […]
It’s supposed to work like this: You can say or write anything, no matter who it hurts If what you say is wrong, someone else is free to say so and expose you If you’re exposed as being wrong, people stop listening to you This is the basic idea of free speech. Many people have […]
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We at Contigo often use a pattern where methods with multiple nullable parameters retrieve collections of entities from a data store a bit like this:
These methods treat a null value as “no filtering required” so they can be called with only those filters that are relevant to the calling code. In this
Very few software designs/architectures are completely and objectively bad. Most designs optimise for something. Here’s a [probably incomplete] list of things that you could optimise for in software architecture:
- Developer Time Now
When we say we’re doing something “quick and dirty”, or that we are taking out “Technical Debt”, then we are optimising the development time now.
- Developer Time Later
This is what people traditionally mean by “good” code. A
I often find the comments on Hacker News are fantastic and there are certain users who’s opinion I always value. To that end I’ve created a python script to help follow what my favourite people are saying on Hacker News: hn_comment_follow. It’s on GitHub in case others would like to fork it.
To call it, invoke the script like this:
python hn_comment_follow.py pg patio11 d4nt