Posts Tagged "Programming Theory"

Exception Handling With A Level of Abstraction

One of the common topics you always see in programming articles is the one about proper use of exception handling and the try/catch mechanism (if supported by your language of choice). As you absorb the wisdom of the sacred text, looking for that nugget of information about how to do it properly, you almost always come across the idea of abstraction. The incantation often reads something like "Throw exceptions at ...

Minimalism in Code

You may have heard of minimalism before in all sorts of disciplines and philosophies of life. Some of you might have heard of it as living without many possessions or perhaps in computing to refer to using as least amount of hardware and software resources as possible. I would like to take a small spin on perspective of applying this philosophy of life and apply it to writing code. While ...

NULL is Legit When Used Correctly

I was doing some research on a topic about compulsory parameters to constuctors for a project I was doing when I came across a topic about the use of NULL as a return value. Don't ask me how I stumble into these things. As you can imagine, as with everything in software engineering circles, there was a raging debate about whether or not NULL (or its equivalents like None in ...

WordPress in the Enterprise – Building in a Class Library

When you think of WordPress you might think of a lone blogger blogging about what they ate for lunch. But that is just not true anymore. With nearly 31% of the web under its control, WordPress has gained a lot of popularity due to its easy setup and extensibility. It has become a powerful Content Management System (CMS) that even an enterprise can build epic sites off of. But if ...

Rolling Dice in Java, C# and PHP

Some of the very first programs we are introduced to in programming is the idea of random numbers. This is often introduced using the idea of the die or dice. We have all seen them and have probably even thrown a set of dice at some point in our life. A die is pretty much a representation of a random number generator with a fixed range of values. The traditional ...

Stubbing Out Functions, Do You Do It?

If have ever taken a beginner programming class in school you were probably introduced to the idea of stubbing out functions. If not, let me quickly tell you what stubbing is. It is the process of identifying tasks in your design and setting up functions to handle those tasks. We define just the function signature (name, parameters and body) without writing the code statements in them. Once we identify all ...