Weaknotes 5

Two successful kiteboarding sessions over the weekend! Had a fair bit of stopping and starting but eventually found the groove and wow, the feeling of being pulled over the water at high speed by the wind is like flying.

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Apex Legends - Polished to a shine

Apex Legends is the latest in a genre nearing saturation, amongst “battle royale” shooters like Fortnite and PUBG. I was struck at just how “good” it felt immediately upon playing it, and after reading (Derek Yu’s twitter thread on “jank”)[https://twitter.com/mossmouth/status/1094742994236801025] I started thinking about viewing games through the lens of what they do new and what they do well.

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Weaknotes 4

A week with a client looking into some of their software has had me thinking about complexity. Some older code uses Spring Boot, which was a simplified approach to the complexity of Spring Framework, which itself was a response to the complexity of J2EE. And yet it’s still a giant hulking piece of software to use, and while there may be 100 great features it provides, if we only need 2 of those I think it’s worth remembering that they don’t come free.

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Weaknotes 3

First week at the new job is done. Three days of intros and meetings and trying to remember names, then two days on-site with a client. I always enjoy getting a new laptop and setting it up just right, but Friday discovered we’d have to work inside Windows VMs to be able to access this customer’s intranet. Oh well.

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Weaknotes 2

The last week of joblessness is over - tomorrow is my first day at a consulting agency. Hopefully a year from now I’ll have met a lot of people in the Melbourne tech scene, will have learned a lot more (new languages and technologies?) and will be well on the road to becoming a senior developer.

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