I wrote this almost a year ago the day before my last day at Microsoft. You should really head over to my new blog to see what has been happening since then.
I've seen people use the Tuple class in C# code and I've even done it myself once. And I didn't like it. I'm still struggling to see find a case where using a Tuple would actually be a good idea versus the alternatives.
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Tail recursion is a powerful optimization since it typically improves both execution time and memory usage for recursive calls. It can also be your enemy if you forget about it.
When I had to use Erlang for the very first time it was a brand new language and I was in collage. Back then Erlang did not have a logical not function so we had to define our own in order to make our code readable. At least given the knowledge me and my lab partner had at the time. So the other week I had a deja vu moment since I had a Task<bool> that I wanted to negate. At first it felt real weird and I ended up solving my problem in a different way. But then I started to think.
Historically I've seen the Hashtable be favored over ConcurrentDictionary with the assumption that is was more efficient allowing for lock free reads. Well they both allow lock free reads so which one is really the better option?
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Start here to learn more about different ways to implement the circuit breaker pattern!
A while back I needed a way to simply post tweets from PHP. To my disappointment most examples I found were about reading tweets or required a bunch of PHP modules I did not have the opportunity to use on the server where the script was going to run. So I had to do some work.
A while back I was involved in a discussion around using 429 instead of 503 in order to tell clients they should back off a little. And there are some good arguments for both. Here are my thoughts.
Probably one of the most common tight couplings I see is a dependency on system time, i.e. using DateTime.Now or DateTime.UtcNow directly in your code without any abstraction around it. A tight coupling that typically leads to very complex and fragile tests when trying to ad test coverage.
So what is it like to launch Xbox One? Given that it started 3am local time when New Zeeland first launched it has been an interesting and long day.