About Me

You can wake me up to debate the future of software development. I have been developing applications for more than thirty years and I have always tried to reflect on the ways we engineer all that stuff. It does not really bother me anymore whether some framework tries to solve some specific problem in a... Continue Reading →

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How to write 80% less code

The list of attempts to make it possible to write less code is endless. Many of them use knowledge of the data model to automate a considerable part of the database access, such as these: Fourth generation programming languages (4GL) Computer Assisted Software Engineering (CASE) tools Model-driven development (MDD) Domain specific languages Object relational mapping... Continue Reading →

3GL Programming Languages – The Endgame

“Good artists copy, great artists steal” (Pablo Picasso). I think that sums up the current state of affairs in programming languages. Ever longed for a missing feature in your favorite programming language? A good chance exists that it will be added within a few years, stolen from another language. I’m not saying that’s wrong, but... Continue Reading →

Why Generic Programming is a Workaround

If you can write a generic class, like List, you deserve some respect. You're delivering generic behavior to potentially any type that you, or someone else, can use it for. While it’s one of the fancier features of programming languages, it’s also a great workaround for what would otherwise be type-unsafe operations in a type-safe... Continue Reading →

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