Perfect is the Enemy of Good

Perfect is the Enemy of Good

So you want everything to work out just right; get and keep everything in a perfect and clean state. I think many of us engineering types want everything neat and 100% predictable. I know I tend to be this way. But often, this tendency works against us. Pushing for...
DynamoDB Streams

DynamoDB Streams

AWS’s DynamoDB is a managed NoSQL data store (non-relational data store). Often, we will want some sort of audit or logging of who is changing data. This can be done using DynamoDB streams. DynamoDB Stream will send all changes to a Lambda function we write....
.NET Cold Starts

.NET Cold Starts

I love .NET and C#, and I think it is the best platform for writing software in many ways. C# was created to make it easier to write quality business software. And it has evolved to be better and better. But there is one thing that still isn’t fixed with .NET:...
Avalonia

Avalonia

I am always on the lookout for new tools and frameworks for writing software. While I bump into many tools that I’ll probably never use, Avalonia is one that I actually hope to try out soon. For me, Avalonia is a spiritual successor of WPF (Windows Presentation...
Earned Value

Earned Value

Tracking project progress isn’t as simple as you would think. Common questions often include, “are we there yet?”, “are we going to end over budget?”, and “are we going to end past the schedule?” These questions keep people up at night. And the...
Scaffolding

Scaffolding

Sometimes we just need a few screens to perform some basic data editing. Often this is necessary for an admin system. We could build full systems for that (which has some advantages), but we might be better off with some scaffolded UI. In software development,...