Writing by Peter Hilton

Articles tagged ‘programming’

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Write better code

Learning how to become a better coder • 2021-07-27

Apologetic error messages

Following through on a naming idea by @huizendveld • 2021-06-15

Refactor Boolean values to enumerations

From ‘97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know’ • 2020-10-07

Source code layout

Why source code deserves layout as well as typography • 2020-09-22

Ugly code and typography

Why good code still looks bad 60 years on • 2020-09-15

Get better at naming things

From ‘97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know’ • 2020-09-08

Write one-sentence documentation comments

From ‘97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know’ • 2020-08-11

First look: Dark

A new back-end language and #nobuild web-based development environment • 2020-05-26

Single-letter names - a cautionary tale

Phillip Relf’s story of two lazy array index names • 2017-01-10

What science says about naming

Computer science papers about naming (co-written with Felienne Hermans) • 2016-12-26

How to get better at naming things

10 steps to mastering names in code • 2016-11-20

Naming smells

Code smells that indicate bad names so you can avoid using them • 2016-10-31

Why naming things is hard

The hardest thing in programming and the great naming myth • 2016-10-22

Constructive laziness

Creative productivity for programmers • 2016-03-28

Book review: Functional Programming in Java

by Pierre-Yves Saumont - FP unencumbered by libraries, standard or otherwise • 2016-01-29

Legacy code

One programmer’s meat is another programmer’s poison • 2015-11-28

Not talking to programmers

Why face-to-face communication isn’t as good as they say • 2015-11-20

Book review: Functional Reactive Programming

by Stephen Blackheath and Anthony Jones - Intelligent, clear and witty • 2015-10-26

Comments are the introduction

three ways to introduce code • 2014-11-03

How to comment code

What you have to actually do to get good comments • 2014-10-09

3 kinds of good comments

Code tells you what and how - you need comments to say why • 2014-10-08

7 ways to write bad comments

Things you don’t want to do to your code • 2014-10-07

Fear of renaming

Why renaming is harder than naming • 2014-09-17

Meaningless variable names

Naming things without actually choosing a name • 2014-09-04

Software development quotations

My favourite insights from articulate programmers; send me yours! • 2014-09-03

Inspecting HTTP client requests

Four easy tools for debugging web services • 2014-08-28

Neil Gaiman’s rules for coding

@neilhimself writes about programming • 2014-08-20

Code comments and metaphysical subjectivism

The philosophy of software maintenance and the objective meaning of legacy code • 2014-07-29

Learning another programming language

The second language is hardest • 2014-07-28

Arithmetic symbols in source code

Why ASCII’s fifty year-old legacy is still with us • 2014-07-25

Using only English words in code

What if you could tell the compiler to require correct spelling? • 2014-07-21

Object-oriented programming with constrained types

What if you had to define types for all values? • 2014-07-17

Enforcing coding style as part of the language

What if the compiler only accepted one coding style? • 2014-07-16