Communicating with Whom?

Most lay people and programmers early in their career begin with the assumption that we write code to communicate to the computer what we'd like it to do, and how. While this is partly true, it misses a much more important audience; people. And for much greater reason than humans must be able to maintain … Continue reading Communicating with Whom?

Difficulties With Test Metrics

The answer to the question of whether we should write automated test suites has largely been settled. We absolutely should write unit tests, and possibly even integration and end-to-end tests. But as acceptance of this practice grew, and adoption became more widespread, a follow-up question arose; How many tests should we write? How do we … Continue reading Difficulties With Test Metrics

With A Little Help From My Friends

I spent last week at my first Fortran Standards Committee meeting. It was a pretty interesting experience. Everyone there was brilliant, and interested in trying to do a good job improving the language. And yet, it was still somehow very disfunctional. The committee is comprised mainly of representatives from compiler vendors/writers, with a few representatives … Continue reading With A Little Help From My Friends

Like Miracle Grow For Your Garden

In the last post I did about the Vegetables testing framework I developed, I talked about how much of a success it had been. Now I've cranked it up to 11. I've now got what is effectively QuickCheck level functionality implemented in a Fortran testing framework. For anyone not familiar with QuickCheck, it is effectively … Continue reading Like Miracle Grow For Your Garden