Go read Matt Kline’s post on Shipping Culture, now

Over on bitbashing.io, Matt Kline has an interesting blog post on how Shipping Culture is hurting us as an industry. Hop over there and read it now, because he addresses another case of the pendulum having swung too far. Your developers take a long time to get a new version out? I know, let’s make… Read More »

Why I’m strongly opposed to modifying third-party library code

I encounter this on a fairly regular basis – a project uses a third-party library and there is either a bug in the library that we can’t seem to avoid hitting, or there’s a feature missing or not 100% ideal for our use case. Especially when dealing with an open source library, at this point… Read More »

Making git work better on Windows

In a previous blog post I explained how you can substantially improve the performance of git on Windows updating the underlying SSH implementation. This performance improvement is very worthwhile in a standard Unix-style git setup where access to the git repository is done using ssh as the transport layer. For a regular development workstation, this… Read More »

Checking C++ library versions during build time

In my previous post, I discussed various strategies for managing third party libraries. In this post I’ll discuss a couple of techniques you can use to ensure that a specific version of your source code will get compiled with the correct version of the required libraries. Yes, you can rely on your package management tools… Read More »

Managing third party libraries in C++ projects

Every reasonably sized C++ project these days will use some third party libraries. Some of them like boost are viewed as extensions of the standard libraries that no sane developer would want to be without. Then there is whatever GUI toolkit your project uses, possibly another toolkit to deal with data access, the ACE libraries,… Read More »

Using ELPA with pinned packages in GNU Emacs 24.4

Yes, I promise I’ll shut up about Emacs package management via ELPA any minute now. Based on the feedback I had on my last post about using a combination of melpa and melpa-stable, I looked into using pinned packages via the package-pinned-packages variable that’s new in Emacs 24.4’s package.el. I couldn’t find any simple examples… Read More »