Wherein I recap the things I’ve done and learned this year as a software developer (mainly at work). I’ve fixed many bugs and uttered many curses. Through it all I’ve constantly strived to make the code a better place.
Amazon Web Services
Video encoding instances Launch/Start when there’s a backlog, and Stop/Terminate when there’s not. Said goodbye to Amazon SQS for job queues, and hello to Redis. Hello consistency and speed.
Building upon Joel’s post on Unicode, here are some real-world tips relating to character encodings.
Use them by name
Always explicitly specify which encoding you want (perhaps UTF-8). Don’t assume the language or library/tool you’re using will make the right decision for you. If you value your time, don’t ignore this recommendation, otherwise you’ll likely spend lots more time patching things up in the future.
A tale to drive this home